Psychodynamic counselling recognises the power of the past on the emotions of today
I am an experienced and qualified counsellor. I offer therapy in a supportive environment to encourage exploration and understanding of your personal issues.
I am based in Norwich (NR7), in Norfolk.
Before our first session we will have previously discussed, by email or phone, what it is you want help with. We will agree a day and time we are available and setup the first meeting. I will answer any questions or concerns you may have. I hope my website also answers most of your questions. However please call me and ask if it doesn’t.
Our first session will be about getting to know each other. We will discuss important matters such as confidentiality and the BACP code of ethics that I work within. I will provide a written agreement, it sounds formal but it will let you know about all the practical matters that are important. For counselling to work we have to build a relationship of trust. This can take time, but during the process you will be listened to and I will provide insight into what is happening.
Sadly there is no magic fix, I can't prescribe pills or potions or tell you what to do. Instead we will sit together in comfortable chairs and you will do most of the talking. I do the listening and then reflect back and interpret what I have heard. I believe this will allow you to understand your past and make informed decisions about your future life.
I am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accreditation is an important way of ensuring a counsellor or therapist is experienced and can be trusted. For more information on accreditation please go to the BACP website.
My pronouns are he/him.
I have experience counselling in private practice, the NHS and charities. This has given me a variety of experience working with a wide range of people with many different issues.
I am trained in a psychodynamic approach. This means I look at your patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that are often not obvious. I work in the present but also think about your childhood and personal background.
I can provide short term or long term counselling for a wide range of issues and difficulties. A typical session will be spent talking about what is going on in your life currently but also your past. We will also think together about your thoughts and feelings. I see my job as therapist to help you think about what is happening and to help you understand why. I look for patterns in thoughts and behavior that may not be initially obvious to you.
I am experienced working with many different types of people, men and women including trans and non-binary people. I work with adult individuals in a variety of relationships and family backgrounds. I do not work with couples or people under 18. If I don't think I can help you I will refer you to the appropriate person or organisation.
People often come to counselling with a wide range of personal issues.
This may include:
I am particularly experienced in dealing with the following:
If your particular concern or issue is not listed here, please call me to discuss if it is something I can work on with you. I have experience in many areas and have worked with a diverse range of people and issues.
Please feel free to contact me by telephone or email to discuss your situation, or to set up a preliminary meeting with me to explore things further. All communications between us will be treated in complete confidence, and I respond to all enquiries promptly.
Please explore my website for further information about my way of working, my training and clinical experience, or with practical matters such as fees and contact details. I hope this information will be helpful in your current search for a counsellor.