How we work together..
You may be wondering what it means to come and have counselling or psychotherapy, and what happens.
Therapy happens in my comfortable counselling room. I provide a safe space for you to explore through talking together, what you are experiencing.
Some people find it really hard to just sit and talk, and that’s okay. If it’s easier we can find other ways for you to express what’s going on for you, through art, music, guided visualisations, or movement.
As part of the therapy process, if its appropriate and helpful, we will also look at psycho-education – helping you to understand why trauma has affected you in the way it has, and the impact it has on our brain and bodies. Our bodies and minds are very clever, and find ways to protect us, which may feel challenging or difficult to cope with or understand.
We will explore different emotional states, triggers, and resources to support you to cope with and reduce distress, and the experiences you have, whether its flashbacks, dissociation or anxiety and panic.
I am experienced in working with different parts of the self – which is a normal state we all experience to some degree, while other people experience this in a different way as dissociative identity disorder. All parts of you are welcome here.
Trauma is held in the body, and so as part of your therapy, I will be paying attention to, and noticing how you hold yourself physically, and exploring the meaning of this with you. I may encourage you to move, or to experiment with changing your posture during the session to explore how this feels for you. Learning to move your body, and hold yourself differently, can enable new ways of experiencing and supporting yourself .
If you are experiencing a crisis, I will support you collaboratively with safety planning to reduce risks of harm to you.
I am committed to supporting you with your wellbeing and safety.