Beyond Words:Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision in Halifax and Manchester City Centre
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it”
This is a quote by 13th Century poet Rumi...
I like this quote, it resonates with my philosophy of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is like a journey with a safe guide into unknown and sometimes even threatening territories . It is a process that helps us to understand how through necessity, we found a way to protect ourselves and survive. However, emotional survival as our main task may have inhibited loving and being loved as well as effected self-confidence, self-respect and wellbeing. Through skilful guidance in psychotherapy we can discover how these barriers both limit and inhibit us from being in a natural state of ease with ourselves and others.
You might be seeking therapy because you feel disconnected from yourself, from others or both, you might be insecure, lonely or confused. Other reasons you might be looking on my website is to help you through past or recent trauma. You may have had a significant loss and be struggling to move forward. You may feel stuck, anxious, depressed or angry and not know why. There may be an intractable problem or life changing decision to make. It may be distress or disillusionment with relationships; these sort of problems may result in debilitating you at some level and inhibit your capacity to feel successful and happy.
Whatever you are seeking you will need a safe place where you know immediately that you are in experienced, skilled, confident and safe hands. You will be respected and valued and never judged. Usually you would feel this at your initial meeting and the trusting rapport would begin.
Anais Ninn said “ We do not see things as they are but as we are” - To me this beautifully describes the human condition. We create our own realities.
If you decide to enter into a long or short term psychotherapy, it is very often important to work on how conclusions about life, often form very young and shape concepts of self and others. We may work with how these life scripts were formed and reinforced and how certain protective internal systems may have developed to help manage, when needs in significant relationships were missed.
Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task, especially during times of crisis or distress, I have listed below the sort of problems you might identify with:
When a part of your world is amiss, support, safety and reassurance and an understanding response is essential. An integrated approach offers insight and relief to problems and the opportunity to live more fully and contentedly.
I am a full time qualified BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist and IIPA Internationally Certified Psychotherapist. I am also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (level 1). I have worked in mental health for the past 21 years and as a clinical supervisor in Halifax, West Yorkshire for 20 years. I bring a diverse experience and sincere commitment to meeting the needs of my clients at emotional depth.
From consultation rooms in both West Yorks, near Halifax and Manchester, I provide a safe, confidential space for counselling, psychotherapy within which issues that may be complex and confusing are explored. Within a supportive therapeutic relationship it becomes possible to make sense of upsetting past or present experience.
Working with both individuals, couples and small groups on an open-ended basis or an agreed time period, I provide a supportive structure within which problems can be addressed and we can work collaboratively towards goals that help you feel better.
How therapy works:
I work in an integrative way, which means using approaches drawn from humanistic and psychodynamic theory. This works towards bringing together different parts of the personality that might feel separate or stuck which often creats problems such as depression or anxiety. Thoughts may be conflicting and feelings may be confused or hard to reach. Through therapeutic inquiry, a feeling of wholeness within the self is developed which frequently brings a sense of ease and confidence. The Integrative relational approach uses the therapeutic relationship as a dynamic force which becomes a here and now source of understanding as to how conflicts and insecurities might connect with past and present relationships or significant experiences.
Difficulties that respond well to counselling and psychotherapy
I have worked extensively since 1992 in the NHS inpatient and outpatient mental health care settings, as well voluntary organisations and in private practise offering effective counselling and psychotherapy approach for a range of problems including:
Cost : a session in Hebden Bridge, Halifax, West Yorkshire, lasts 60 minutes and costs £55
I sometimes have new spaces for concessionary rates where there is difficulty. 20% of income goes towards charity and supports provision of mental health care for people who can't afford it.
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