I am an experienced psychodynamic therapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer weekly one-to-one counselling sessions in central Newbury, Berkshire.
There are many reasons why we can all find it helpful to speak to a counsellor at certain points in our lives. At times it can feel hard to speak to friends or family members and this can leave us feeling alone and overwhelmed. At these times, trying to deal with things on our own can come to feel like too much. Therapy sessions provide a safe, supportive and confidential space where I will listen to you without judgement and where we can think together about whatever is troubling you.
Counselling offers support for many aspects of our lives. You might be finding it hard to make a decision and feel that it would be helpful to talk this through with someone who is impartial and can help you explore the feelings involved from different viewpoints. Or perhaps there is a sense that things just do not feel right – that you are not content with your life but struggle to know how to move forwards. Maybe it feels like something needs to change, but you are not sure what.
Perhaps you have come to realise that your relationships tend to follow patterns that do not leave you feeling satisfied or fulfilled. Or that there are certain kinds of situations that routinely make you anxious and you do not really understand why. You might love to be able to change this but are not sure how to go about doing so.
The experience of therapy increases our understanding of ourselves in a way that opens up the potential for change. My training enables me to consider and explore with you aspects of your personality and behaviour of which you might be unconscious. Because we can be strongly influenced by habits and ways of thinking that have been established very early in our lives, at times we can unknowingly repeat patterns that are not in our own best interests. Until we become aware of what we are doing though, we inevitably re-enact the behaviours that feel like the only option but which are trapping us in ways of being that make us unhappy.
As well as offering immediate support when life is feeling hard, therapy offers the possibility of profound and lasting change through an increased understanding of ourselves.
I work with clients both long and short term. If you would like to get in touch I will offer you an introductory session in which I will listen to what you need and you can see how you find the experience of talking to me, so that you can decide whether I am the right therapist for you. If you would like to come for further sessions, we can think together about whether open-ended work would suit you best or whether a short-term course of sessions would suit your needs better.
Where I work
My practice is in London Road in the centre of Newbury. There is a large public car park a few minutes walk from my consulting room.
If you're looking for psychodynamic counselling in Berkshire do get in touch and we can arrange to meet for an introductory session.