Therapy comes in many modalities and different types can be useful for different issues. People may also prefer one style over another as it is definitely not one size fits all. NICE guidelines used within the NHS often favour CBT models as these are prescriptive and measurable and have good outcomes. I am trained as an integrative therapist which gives me theoretical knowledge and experience of working in several different modalities including Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Attachment and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). As an integrative practitioner, I work primarily from a person-centred perspective and draw on other modalities using whichever best is suited to each individual client.
Whilst the theory and therapeutic technique is an important aspect of counselling, the most important function is the relationship between the client and counsellor. Much scientific research has been done in the field of counselling and the main finding across the board is that the healing and transformation in therapy comes from the strength of the relationship. Those relationships where mutual trust, respect and honesty flourish are those with the best outcomes. That is why my main focus in therapy is building a good relationship with my client. This can take time, especially with trauma or mistrust issues, but this is where the healing comes from.
Depression and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counselling I can help you recover your motivation and find perspective and joy that you deserve in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, shame and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. I can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
I work with all and any issue, there is nothing that you cannot talk about with me in therapy. I trained in a sexual violence charity and have worked with people with trauma, PTSD, depression, grief, relationship issues, low self-esteem, low self-worth mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, dissociation, loneliness, drug & alcohol addictions, food disorders, self-harm, gender issues, sexual orientation issues, violence and repressed anger issues. I also work with neurodivergence and have a good understanding in this area. This list is not exhaustive, but it covers some of the things people struggle with.
Counselling and psychotherapy is beneficial for everyone. Online sessions are held from the safety of your own home at a time that is convenient for you via zoom or other safe and secure digital platforms.
Being in nature has known benefits both psychologically and physiologically. Walking therapy allows clients to explore in a different way to the traditional counselling room setting. This can help them feel more relaxed thus able to talk about their issues and problems, plus they get some gentle exercise which really helps to lift the mood.
Soul Alchemy is not an emergency response service but if you think you need immediate support, please use the links below where you can get help straight away.
Ø NHS mental health crisis: Where to get urgent help for mental health - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Ø Centre for Mental Health: Helplines and crisis contacts | Centre for Mental Health