Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some commonly asked questions about psychotherapy and counselling. If you have any more, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Psychotherapy and Counselling is:
- A way of working whereby we can meet for 50 minutes once a week in a private, confidential space. Appointments are on the same day and time each week.
- If you choose to work with me, we will agree how many appointments are suitable for you based on what you would like to work on.
- Helpful in helping you manage a wide range of difficulties such as: stress, relationship problems, personal development, anxiety, traumatic experiences, and low moods.
- An opportunity to collaboratively help you make changes in the areas of your life that you are struggling with and help you feel supported as you do so. Together we can look at things from your past to help you understand how you react and think about things in your current life.
- Often a challenging process as you will be talking about things you find difficult from your past and present experiences. However, this will be kept this in mind during our work to ensure that you are able to manage things inside and outside of your appointments as much as possible.
- A space to help you better understand your past experiences, what is going on for you now, and the link between the two. Therefore, it can help you gain a new perspective about you and your experiences which may be useful in thinking about how you'd like to make them different moving forward.
- Sometimes a challenging process which means you may feel worse before you feel better – this is completely normal. If you start to feel things are becoming particularly unmanageable you can bring this to therapy, where any concerns can be addressed collaboratively.
Everyone has their mental health alongside their physical health. Psychotherapy and counselling assists in promoting good mental health by improving our understanding of ourselves, and finding ways to manage the things we find difficult.
Psychotherapy and counselling offers a private and confidential space in which to speak to someone outside of your current situation about something you want to be different or is worrying you. It can help you gain new perspectives and insights about things that happen in your life. It can also help you gain new skills so that you can better manage the things that you find difficult.
Psychotherapy and counselling can be challenging at times which means you may feel worse before you feel better. This is completely normal as we go through difficult thoughts and feelings, and the main aim is to ensure you can manage this if it happens. If you start to feel things are becoming particularly unmanageable this is something we can discuss, in order to make sure you are fully supported.
My services include offering psychotherapy, and counselling on a weekly basis.
As such I offer appointments online, and face-to-face. If you are interested in working online you must be based in the UK. I will provide you with information about working online before your first appointment so that you feel assured of what to expect, including what you need to do to get set up.
Face-to-face appointments take place in a private, confidential environment in Leeds city centre. If you want to work face-to-face you must also be able to work online, in the instance that face-to-face is not an option for any reason. This ensures continuity of our work, and means I can best support you without any disruptions.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling is centred on the notion that what has happened to us in the past influences who we become later on in life. It also focuses on how we experience ourselves, and process things in our minds, as both of these affect how we understand and manage everyday life. These areas are explored to gain clarity and create better relationships with yourself, others and the important things in your life.
Integrative psychotherapy and counselling is an approach whereby several theories are integrated to create a unique approach to working with you and addressing any areas of concern. I aim to work in a way that suits you as much as possible, as each person is different in what they need and how they work best.
Whatever words you use (if you have any) to refer to what's happened is up to you. I appreciate part of the process of recovery is making sense of what happened, so we can build on wherever you happen to find yourself in this process.
Psychotherapy and counselling can be helpful in recovering from the impact of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual violence. Many people refer to the impact of this as 'traumatic', but whatever words you have (if you have any) are absolutely fine.
My starting point is to always believe someone when they choose to tell me about past experiences of this nature. I also understand that the words used to refer to what happened are important in making sense of it. Sometimes, 'sexual violence' can be a misnomer as many of these experiences are not stereotypically violent - but they are always violating to the person experiencing them.
The impact of such experiences are felt at a psychological and/or physical level, and we can attend to both of these as required. What recovery from such experiences looks like differs from person to person, so we will agree on what to focus on at the outset of our work.
It is possible to work on the impact of sexual abuse/violence/assault without actually talking about what happened. Therefore there is a way to get the support that you need without going over the details, which for some can be distressing and (at worst) re-traumatising.
I am also available to offer pre-trial therapy, in line with the guidelines set by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). These guidelines are in the process of being revised which will allow people accessing talking therapy to speak more freely about their experiences, whereas currently there are restrictions on this. If you have reported to the Police and are also seeking counselling and psychotherapy alongside this legal process, then please get in touch.
I do not offer an emergency or crisis service for people who have just experienced sexual abuse/violence/assault. If this applies to you, please click here for information on who can help.
The Re-Wind technique for trauma was created by Dr. David Muss, who leads the International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy.
When we experience something traumatic, memories of such events are not fully processed. This is because the usual neurobiological mechanisms we have to process experiences into memory don't work as usual when we are under extreme stress.
The result can be memories, flashbacks, and nightmares. These are highly distressing, out of our control, and interrupt our present lives as the past is re-experienced. Clinically, this is called 'traumatic recall'.
The technique enables memories, flashbacks, and nightmares to be fully processed by the brain. The result, if successful, is that recalling these events are no longer traumatic. This means they can be recalled in a way that is within your control, and is no longer distressing or disruptive when you do recall them.
The technique itself only takes a few minutes to apply, but will be placed in the context of an appointment or series of appointments. This ensures that you feel fully informed, prepared, and in control of the process.
Working from an embodied perspective means being aware of what happens in your body, as well as your mind, during the process of talking therapy. I am not a body therapist, but have completed training on embodied perspectives within talking therapies.
This is part of working from a trauma-informed perspective, but is not limited to working with the impact of trauma. For example, the impact of anxiety and depression are experienced physically as well as psychologically.
We can start by noticing what you experience in your body within your concerns about your mental health and general wellbeing. We will then find ways to understand, manage, and alleviate any body-based symptoms that you struggle with. It does not involve any physical contact, such as touching.
UKCP is the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. UKCP is an organisation based in where trainee and qualified practitioners can be registered to practice, and as such are bound by the organisation's ethical and professional guidelines.
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As I am linked to UKCP as a practitioner, I abide by this organisations' ethical and professional framework. The best first step to take if you have a complaint or concern is to discuss it with me so that it can be addressed collaboratively. Should you also wish to liaise with an external organisation, you can contact:
Telephone: 0207 0149493