16th January 2018 

Tel: 07976 919 630
London City
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How We Work

Our first aim is to understand the issues you face. Then, in collaboration with you, we tailor our approach to help you tackle those issues in a satisfactory way. Throughout the work we like to obtain your feedback on what works best for you and change what doesn't. Our overall aim, is to strengthen your own ability to identify and implement solutions, so that you no longer need us and feel empowered to get more of what you really want from life. To see what our clients say about how we have worked with them click here.

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To provide you with the most effective help, we use what we believe are the best aspects from a range of coaching, counselling and psychotherapy theories.

    Our Life Coaching
    Our coaching is present and future focused. We use it to help you clarify your goal(s), to outline strategies for achieving them and to address preventative blocks along the way. We adopt a number of coaching, action oriented exercises to help you focus your goals and practice new ways of approaching situations.

    Our Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychotherapy
    Our therapy approach is present and future focused to complement our coaching style. We only explore past experience with you when it can provide useful information for removing blocks from achieving what you want in the present. Our psychotherapy training means we can help you understand and tackle problem areas or habits in a more thorough and lasting manner than possible through coaching alone. This is because we have undertaken longer, more psychologically indepth training (4-8 years versus 6 months to qualify as a coach). Additionally, as psychotherapists we are trained to work with the underlying complex issues that can block personal progress such as self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma etc.

To read more below about the different approaches we might use when working with you click here.

How are sessions organised?

Each session lasts 50 minutes. Normally meetings are organised weekly, at the same time, on the same day - because this format is proven effective. We also work also work flexibly with appointments and some people use a fortnightly or other type of schedule. The number of sessions will vary depending on your needs. You can discuss these aspects of the service with your therapist who will be pleased to help you choose which format will work best for you. You can find out more about the type of session formats different people have found helpful by click here.

What happens at my First Appointment?

We view the first meeting, as an opportunity for you to explore whether working with us will help you find solutions to tackle the challenge(s) you are facing and achieve what you want. During this meeting we like to obtain a basic outline of the issue(s) which made you seek our service and identify what a good therapy outcome would look like for you. This meeting is also an opportunity for you to check out our style of working. We like to answer any questions you have about the way we work. We will let you know if we think the skills we have will make us effective in supporting you to find a solution for your problem. If we do not think we can be of help, we will make recommendations for alternatives that may be more helpful to you.

If we believe we can help you, we are aware that you might like to go away and think for a while before making a decision to work with us or not. Alternatively, you may like to organise a further meeting or more at the end of the session.

How Many Sessions Will I need?

If you want to set a finite number of sessions but are not sure how many to choose, your therapist can make recommendations for you. Sometimes it is not possible in the first session to identify when, exactly, you will be able to make the changes you want. In such instances you can review the work regularly with your therapist. This allows you time to test the effectiveness of our approach and for you and your therapist to obtain a better idea of how long you might need to implement the changes you want. To find out more about the type of session formats different people have found helpful, click here.

Life Coaching, Counselling & Pychotherapies We Offer

In this section, I give a fairly detailed description of the range of therapeutic approaches I use in my work. I work integratively, which means I take different aspects from each approach and blend them to suit your learning style. I always ask for feedback on the usefulness of my interventions from you. Through this method I discover what blend of therapeutic approaches you find most helpful. You will find this section interesting if you want to know a bit of technical detail and some theory behind therapy approaches.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT can be helpful for dealing with specific issues such as: anxiety, depression, phobias; or addressing a specific problem e.g. managing anxiety at work, managing a particular relationship more positively etc.

If you like to think about your problems in a structured manner and then develop skills and techniques to gain more control in managing and addressing your difficulties, this approach may suit you.

Sessions begin with identifying and clarifying your problem(s), then collaboratively agreeing "homework" tasks, which you then experiment with in order to identify the techniques that are most effective for you. (Tasks might include: writing diaries, experimenting with different behaviours and noting the outcomes, creating charts and using them to measure the effectiveness of different experiments etc.). For further information about CBT see the following links:

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Solution Focussed Brief Therapy

This approach can feel quite energising because the focus is on identifying your existing strengths (which we can always uncover - even if you think you don't have any) and then building on these to address current problems.

If you like doing homework tasks, these can devised and used to find effective methods for addressing your problems.

If you don't like the idea of "structure homework tasks" this approach can still be effective. For further information about Solution Focused Brief Therapy see the following links:

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Gestalt Psychotherapy

This approach views you and therapist as equal partners in the psychotherapeutic relationship, and considers you as the expert on your experience whilst the therapist is expert in theories of understanding and working with psychological difficulties.

This view underpins all of my work. Gestalt experimental techniques can help shed new light on a particular problem and also uncover alternative ways to consider and respond to situations. This can lead to more satisfying outcomes. For further information on Gestalt Psychotherapy see the following links:

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Developmental Psychotherapy and Neuropsychology

Research behind these theories helps us understand why we want or long for certain things in relationship, that we do not seem to be able to obtain. It sheds light on biological and physiological mechanisms which impact emotions and what we can do to alleviate, understand and soothe deep emotional pain.

Clients who want to do more in depth therapeutic work often find this approach illuminating. For further information on developmental psychotherapy and neuropsychology see the following link:

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Person Centred Psychotherapy

This approach takes the view that we are essentially good natured but that the vicissitudes of life may make us feel twisted inside. It recommends that the therapist adopt an attitude which includes respect, positive regard and being "real" in the therapeutic relationship. This view underpins all the work I undertake with clients. For further information on Person Centred Psychotherapy see the following link:

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

This approach emphasises understanding our past history and how it impacts our present being in the world. It can help us to understand how our view of the world as a child can be transferred into the present and trigger old feelings and behaviours that don't serve us well anymore. It can be useful for increasing an awareness of "triggers" that can set off problematic behaviour and very powerful or overwhelming feelings.

I tend to use other approaches (e.g. CBT, solution focussed, gestalt) to support you in identifying way to manage difficult "triggers" and the behaviour and emotions evoked by them. For further information on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy see the following links:

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Transactional Analysis

This approach provides some useful ways of helping us understand how we communicate with ourselves internally (i.e. what goes on in our heads) as we manage and relate to current and past relationships.

Developing an awareness of our inner dialogue, can help us to identify old strategies that may have been useful when they were formed but may not be useful or appropriate, in our current life.

Often these internal dialogues take place without us even realising how we speak to ourselves. Becoming aware of these dialogues, can enhance our capacity to identify what we might want to change in ourselves, in order to experience a more satisfying life. I use this approached throughout my work. For further information on Transactional Analysis see the following links:

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Existential Psychotherapy

This approach can help you appraise the world you live in now and identify what you can and cannot change. This includes exploring how to work with the limits of your environments, both past and present, in order to achieve the changes you want. I integrate this approach throughout all my work because many clients tell me they find it empowering and energising. For further information on Existential Psychotherapy see the following links:

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Therapist and Counsellor, life coach, executive coach and psychotherapist in London City near Liverpool Street - EC2
We provide help with managing stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and relationship problems using coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling and psychotherapy.
We have Life Coaches, Psychotherapists, Psychologists and Counsellors to help you tackle stress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems.
We are located in London within easy reach of Liverpool street, Old Street, moorgate, barbican and shoreditch.

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