Psychotherapy - Personal and Professional Development
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can be a process of self-discovery, being facilitated to increase our self-awareness and understanding about who we are; how and why we do what we do; what we would really like to have happen in our lives and what adjustments we need to make in order to achieve that.
What difference can it make?
We all have thoughts we believe to be true about life and values relating to what's important to us. Some of these beliefs and values may come from our early years, maybe from teachers, parents, siblings and peers. Whilst they may have been appropriate and necessary at the time - or not - as adults, some of those thoughts and ideas may no longer be serving us as well and may have 'moved' beyond our everyday awareness. They may have become patterns of thought or ways of behaving now functioning outside of our awareness yet still exerting an influence on our behaviour and experience of life. An increased awareness of how we're thinking and what we’re doing can provide us with an option to choose to make small but key adjustments.
We have all developed our own way of understanding the world as we experience it. Most of our own strategies work well for us and some can get in the way of our own progress leaving us feeling, for example, 'stuck' or 'out of control'. Again, the more we can become aware of what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, the more choice we have to do something about it.
I work from the premise that we have all the resources we need inside us and that sometimes we might need a little support in order to remember how to access them.
I am accredited as a psychotherapist with the Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling
Association (NLPtCA) and registered with and a member of the United Kingdom Council for
Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a member of the Board for NLPtCA. I am registered as a psychotherapist with the Northern Regional College, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland (working independently with students on the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling).
What kind of Psychotherapy?
I work as a Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist, specialising in a way of working with your own words and metaphors called Symbolic Modelling using Clean Language.
NLPt is a mode of psychotherapy that recognises and works with the many kinds of differences (and similarities) in how we experience what happens inside and outside ourselves. How two individuals might think, feel and behave in the same situation, can be very different.
The nature of NLPt is about working with you personally so that the therapy is tailored to you as an individual and therefore works naturally with who you are and how you think, feel and behave as a human being. It's a custom made approach rather than a ‘one size fits all’ technique.
NLPt can offer support in the above ways to:
- Identify what you would like to have happen (in relation to why you're seeking therapy)
- Explore how you are currently experiencing these issues (to have the option to make small adjustments)
- Help you to locate valuable resources within yourself
- Help you to make small adjustments to unhelpful patterns of thought, feeling or behaviour towards new, supportive patterns that can generate the outcomes you would prefer.
I also specialise in a way of working called Symbolic Modelling which I use within the psychotherapy sessions.
Read a client's personal experience of psychotherapy here.
What does the first session involve?
The first session is mainly to gather information about you and your reasons for seeking therapy. I'll want to learn about your background and general state of health and lifestyle, as well as hearing about the issues that are of concern to you. You will have the opportunity to talk about what has been happening and to voice any questions and concerns. A typical session lasts 1.5 hours.
I may well suggest that you start preparing your thoughts in advance of the first session by considering your answers to some specific questions.
This may be the first time that you’ve been able to talk in such an open and focused way about the issues we discussed and the approach may also seem a little unfamiliar. It is highly likely that you will feel different after a therapy session; some clients feel instantly clearer, while others can initially feel more confused. During the course of therapy, periodic feelings of confusion are normal and they are an indication that change is about to take place.
Sessions are confidential. We may together agree to inform, for example your G.P., that we are working together. I will ensure that confidentiality is maintained with the information that I keep. Aspects of my work are discussed with my supervisor, fully anonymised, so that the supervisor has no identifying details for a client.
How many sessions will I need?
At the end of the first session we will discuss whether it’s beneficial to continue and if so, how many sessions you might need and their frequency.
Sessions last approximately 1.5 hrs.
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