How therapy helps


Why therapy now? If you have been struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, a specific event or recurring problems of long duration, or you might be generally interested in getting to know yourself better, then therapy can help.

I have experience of helping clients work with many difficulties, including:

  • Abuse (physical, sexual, early neglect)
  • Alcohol and substance use – your own, and others’ impact on you
  • Anger
  • Antidepressants - issues of prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dysfunctional upbringing
  • Eating concerns
  • Family issues
  • Feeling generally low
  • Grief and bereavement – both recent and long-term
  • Health anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Repeated patterns of relating
  • Stress
  • Substance misuse, addictions
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Parental problems
  • Work issues
The psychodynamic approach to therapy explores your early life experiences and how these may have impacted your current relationships and internal world. What you bring to each therapy session is explored in terms of how your patterns of relating, and the defences that have been set-up to manage difficulties, may transfer and become apparent in how you relate with your therapist. This ‘transference’ is used as an exploratory tool in the therapeutic process, as a window to gain insight into the how and why of what has brought you to therapy, shining light in ways that you may not have been aware of previously. This allows you to reflect on, gain insight and work-through your issues in a safe confidential space, to move forward on your journey to recovery.