According to the American Psychological Association, “Psychotherapists help people from all backgrounds and ages to live happier, healthier and more productive lives.” Through the use of various psychotherapeutic methods and collaboration, patients are enabled to develop life-changing habits to help them cope with any of life’s various obstacles. My therapy sessions are designed to explore personal issues in a non-judgemental environment and provide patients with effective tools to help them achieve their goals.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based form of talking therapy that can effectively treat a number of different problems and conditions. Specifically, CBT can be helpful in overcoming problems with social anxiety, health anxiety, OCD, generalised anxiety, low self-esteem, sexual issues, trauma and depression. CBT is usually short-term and does not require you to spend years in therapy, trying to uncover the underlying roots of your problem. Instead, CBT focuses on the here and now, to help you find solutions to your difficulties and learn new skills. You will learn specific strategies to improve your mood, overcome anxiety and feel more confident. In summary, CBT can be described as a talking and doing type of therapy.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines and advice on the number of CBT session usually required to treat conditions based on empirical evidence and I work to this guidance in my practice. However, typically, individuals have between six and sixteen 50 minute sessions.
Counselling, similar to CBT, is a talking therapy and particularly useful for those who would like to explore their feelings or experiences such as coping with loss or relationship difficulties. Counselling can be a good way to learn more about yourself and develop on a personal level. Counselling does not involve giving you advice or answers, but rather gives you the opportunity to talk about your difficulties in a safe and confidential space on a weekly basis. Typically, individuals have between twelve and sixteen 50 minute sessions.
Psychotherapy is a type of talking therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions. It allows you to look deeper into your problems and worries and deal with troublesome habits. Psychotherapy usually involves talking, but sometimes other methods may be used such as movement, drama, art and music. Psychotherapy can help you discuss feelings you have about yourself and others, particularly family and those close to you. You will meet with a therapist regularly, usually once a week, for several months or even years. Sessions are typically 50 minutes long.
LGBTQ COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
I provide counselling, psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people. I have been working in the areas of sexuality since 2014, providing support to individuals for relationship difficulties, coming out, identity, sex, grief and loss, confidence, self-esteem, feeling suicidal, workplace stress, chemsex, harassment and HIV.
It can be difficult to maintain regular sessions with a therapist, in particular if you have to travel on a daily basis or have a busy lifestyle. Online Therapy makes it possible for you to attend sessions when it is convenient for you and can be in any country in the world. Some of the benefits of online sessions include: greater choice of appointment times, no travel time to/from appointments, saving money spent on travel arrangements, choice to communicate using video-to-video-, voice-only or message-only options.
Online Therapy works in much the same way as it would for face to face appointments. You will have regular appointments for your session and ‘meet’ online using Zoom. A free app can be downloaded on any device.