Therapy in Bristol

The Service of Therapy

“In treatment we offer patients a developmental “second chance” at a secure emotional attachment. Within such a bond they can experience the primary relatedness needed to develop a strong and valued sense of self.”
-Donna Orange (‘Emotional Understanding’ 1995)

I have experience of working with clients (both men and women) with a broad range of concerns. This includes individuals who may be facing crisis, through trauma or bereavement, or who may be suicidal, have experienced sexual abuse or domestic violence, or be suffering from a variety of mental health issues. Clients who may benefit include those experiencing depression and anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, or ‘OCD’ and related behaviours.  Clients may come for therapy wishing to investigate life patterns or family matters, loss, grief, or relationship breakdown, stress, addiction or addictive behaviours, or self-harm. They may be dealing with the demands of special educational needs, or be undergoing a spiritual crisis. Or they may simply be in need of non-judgmental listening and the opportunity to co-create change within a safe environment. Some clients may already have received a range of support or therapy, and would like to build on this. I trust and honour therapeutic work, and am humbled by the vast complexities and diversity of human nature and the immense power and endurance of the human spirit in the light of our capacity to heal and transform our lives.

During Sessions…

  • I work from a relational foundation that allows you to explore your concerns within a sound, reliable, and trusting relationship that has your best interests at heart.
  • From the firm basis of the therapeutic bond, we can begin to explore and understand the ways in which you relate to yourself and others in your life.
  • We can also begin to use neuro-scientific, physiological or body based approaches to build new ways of relating which may also help to inform positive life choices.
  • We might use embodied imagery techniques to personally support you to integrate unexpressed parts of yourself, and to develop compassion for yourself.

The work of psychotherapy is not an abstract exercise but a gradual process of becoming aware of what we are doing and how we are doing it to create a freedom of choice

There are many ways to communicate – some verbal and some non-verbal – that may provide an indication of conscious, and deeper, unconscious processes. These can inform our work together within the therapeutic bond, so that you can develop a stronger sense of how you want to live your life, and approaches that support you in positive, progressive ways.