Having experienced therapy myself, I understand that it can sometimes seem daunting; I work hard to foster a comfortable and supportive environment for my clients and pride myself on honesty, warmth and professionalism.
Therapy shouldn't be scary and shouldn't be directed by the therapist - you should feel in control and empowered throughout the sessions.
I spend time getting to know you and what works/doesn't work for you so that we can build a relationship and I can tailor my approach to suit you. I see my role as someone who can listen non-judgementally, support you to consider alternative options and challenge your cognitions or behaviours with encouragement, support and unconditional positive regard.
Where are you based?
I work from various clinics in Cheshire, meaning that I am easily accessible to people living in Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Merseyside and Staffordshire.
Please note, I am currently working online via Zoom for the foreseeable future.
What happens during the initial appointment?
Our initial assessment is a chance for you to share with me what has brought you to therapy and for me to hear about your hopes and goals for therapy. It is also a chance for you to meet me and decide if you think I am the right therapist for you and for you to ask any questions about the therapeutic process. We will spend approximately 50 - 60 minutes together during this appointment.
I will explain about confidentiality and my therapeutic style and together we can discuss a therapy plan that feels comfortable and right for you. I will ensure that I have heard everything you want to share with me so that we can both be sure that we are working together on the right areas of your life.
There is absolutely NO OBLIGATION to book a further appointment following the assessment and I will encourage you to take some time to think about whether you would like to continue with therapy as it is important that you feel comfortable speaking to me and that you are ready to enter into therapy.
What happens in subsequent appointments?
I believe that therapy is a collaboration between you and I – with us both working as a team to help you reach your goals.
As I am an eclectic therapist trained in hypnotherapy, CBT, DBT, multi-systemic therapy, motivational interviewing, hypnotic coaching and neuro-linguistic programming, I will work to create a bespoke treatment plan to meet your individual needs.
We will identify goals for the therapy and will tailor each session depending on what you wish to discuss that day, as well as following any treatment plans we have agreed together.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
What do people come to therapy for?
People of all ages and backgrounds come to therapy. I work with children and adults. There doesn't have to be a specific reason to come to therapy, some clients (particularly CEOs of businesses or those with high pressured jobs), come to have a space to reflect and look at things in their lives from a different angle to help improve their effectiveness and wellbeing.
Below are a few of the presenting difficulties I regularly work with, however this is not an exhaustive list so please get in touch if you feel there is something I could help with.
If there is something you would like further information on or would like to discuss any of the techniques mentioned above, please feel free to get in contact with me.
How much do sessions cost?
Sessions are £70 per appointment. I ask for a 50% deposit in advance of your initial assessment. This can be paid via bank transfer or cash. An invoice and receipt can be provided upon request.
If sessions are cancelled with less than 48 hours notice (working days), they will be charged at full amount., unless there is an emergency.
Many clients who experience social anxiety find it hard to be in crowds or in social situations. They often describe feeling judged or stared at by others and notice how this can have a huge impact on their lives. Using CBT, we work together to look at their cognitions and behaviours and work towards reducing their anxiety and increasing their confidence.
Having a phobia can have a huge impact on people's lives. This could be of a specific object or animal or of a situation like public speaking, driving or flying. Using a combination of CBT / clinical hypnotherapy, we work together using exposure therapy.
Many clients that I work with who experience depression, have done so for a long period of time and often feel stuck and hopeless. We look at how the depression is maintained and identify behaviours that can change in order to move forward and improve mood as well as identifying negative automatic thoughts that can be perpetuating the low mood.
Often, people can worry about having panic attacks, or find the physical sensations of panic attacks extremely distressing. We work together to explore what is maintaining your anxiety and look at how we can reduce your panic, changing your cognitions and behaviours.
Generalised Anxiety / worry
Often people get caught in cycles of worry - even worrying about worrying at times. People may notice themselves checking things or making long lists of worries.. We will look at the process of worrying and identify strategies that you can use to challenge your worries and learn how to control them.
Coaching and wellbeing support
There doesn't have to be something 'going wrong' to come to therapy. Many clients come to use the space as a reflective, non-judgemental space to work through things they are feeling stuck with such as decisions, confidence building, stress or general wellbeing.