I have worked in mental health services for 17 years, first as a social worker, then more recently as a therapist. It never ceases to amaze and uplift me meeting with people who are willing to trust me and allow me to share in their own life journey, if only for a short time. I feel privileged to bear witness to people’s lives, the way they have managed, coped, grown and developed, and for me to be allowed into their inner world. It takes extraordinary bravery to allow yourself to be seen by another.
What started me off on my own therapy journey was frequently feeling depressed, stressed, anxious, a sense of feeling isolated and like I was a misfit. I had my own reasons for this, rooted in childhood, and in various oppressions I have suffered. I have had my own therapy throughout my life, and have benefited from it enormously. I think anyone can benefit from a listening supportive relationship which is what psychotherapy offers.
Many people feel unsure about what therapy is, and what it can offer. We will start with looking at what is troubling you now, and then look into the past, and together try to make some sense and meaning from your experiences. The basic process is we sit together on a regular basis, and from that chance to sit, to talk and to be heard, the relationship can grow, and I hope you will feel free to tell me what is on your mind and to use the therapeutic space for your own growth and development.
Anyone of us may, at times need someone there to hear us and see us, truly see us in our distress. To have someone sit with you in a state of raw emotional pain can be one of the most healing gifts one human being can give to another. Having experienced that kind of loving response, I feel I am now well equipped to be able to offer this to others.
From the hearing comes the healing, and if you are willing to let yourself open up in my presence, then who knows what may be possible, what growth and regeneration may occur?
I hope you will reach out and we can share in a new relationship that we build together for the benefit of your own personal growth and development.
Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy