Psychotherapy and Counselling
I am a qualified psychotherapist offering psychotherapy and counselling in Bath. I work as a psychotherapist in both the NHS and in private practice. I am a full clinical member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). I am an approved psychotherapist with BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling) which is a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited training centre. My practice in Bath is a short drive from Bath city centre.
I believe it is crucial to create an environment where you feel safe to talk; somewhere that you can bring all of yourself.
I provide a confidential and non-judgmental space where we can explore your feelings, motivations, anxieties and fears.
Counselling tends to focus on a specific problem or problems. It is an opportunity for you to be listened to and discuss your problems with someone outside of your situation. We work together to find a resolution to the things you are struggling with. Counselling involves weekly fifty minute sessions over a limited period, generally varying from six weeks to six months. Click here for fees and getting started.
“The therapist who feels free to empathize with clients affords them:
1. A sense of being listened to by someone truly willing to work at understanding them.
2. A sense of having been deeply understood.
3. A sense of having been accepted…
4. An opportunity to learn the ancient roots of their difficulties through the therapist’s explanations and thus to make sense of those difficulties.
5. An opportunity to build new self structures, particularly new structures to compensate for old deficits.” Michael Kahn
Psychotherapy is an opportunity to explore ourselves, to understand why we have become the people that we are. In relationship with a psychotherapist we are able to look at the way we relate to others, explore our motivations and behaviours and so understand ourselves and our relationships. Psychotherapy involves one (or more) weekly fifty minute sessions over an extended period of time. Click here for fees and getting started.
“Psychanalytic understanding, then, is the collaborative effort to understand the origins and meanings of a person’s emotional life…This kind of understanding…heals because emotional ills require emotional remedies. For many of us humans, the greatest pain and despair come from feeling that our lives and suffering make no sense. Experiencing them as absurd is what makes them unbearable. Making sense together with a trusted guide, especially making sense of one’s experience with that guide, can provide something of a “new beginning” in the emotional life.” Donna Orange
Common issues that bring individuals into counselling and psychotherapy, which I have lots of experience working with, include anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression, negative feelings about oneself ranging from low self-esteem to self-loathing and a sense of badness at the core of oneself, sexual problems, overeating, inability to form or maintain close relationships, loneliness, rejection, loss including bereavement, relationship issues including divorce and relationship breakdown, life transitions.
My private practice is based in Bath and is a short drive from central Bath. From Bath city centre I am accessible on foot and by bus or car. There is ample free parking nearby.
“Perhaps it is best to think of a potential therapist as a guide to help you face things that are difficult and scary. You will want to find someone who ‘gets’ you and understands the journey you will be undertaking, someone who will help you want to take emotional risks that seem dangerous but are really not-and feel good that you did.” Jeffery Smith MD