What kind of therapy?
There are lots of different labels that therapists use to describe
what they do and the methods that they use. Two of the main headings
are ‘Humanistic’ and ‘Psychodynamic’. These
might sound a bit off-putting! Jargon isn’t always helpful,
but I will explain a little: The humanistic approach is about facilitating
a process of self-discovery and growth. It sees people as having
an innate potential for this, and aims to help people in their own
Psychodynamics is about understanding how we relate to each other
and the world, not just on the conscious level but on the unconscious
level as well. In psychodynamic therapy, feelings hidden deep
inside us are believed to influence how we behave, and how we relate
to ourselves and to others. Quite often, some of these ways can
get ‘played out’ in the therapy. This type of transference can be used
to help explore what normally goes on for a person in their relationships.
Once such things are brought into consciousness, they tend to lose
some of their grip, and it can become more possible for change to
So to conclude: I offer a combination of humanistic and psychodynamic
perspectives. I see it as a partnership; you bring your knowledge
and experience of what it is like to be you, and I offer a way of
seeing patterns and connections, which might help you. Sometimes
it can be useful to think about dreams, or other images which come
to mind; some people find it helpful to make an image on paper,
so I have drawing materials available for this.
If you would like to consider a broader range of therapists and approaches, then I am happy to see you for an assessment and referral – please see the section on ' Connect'.