Psychological Therapy Tailored to your needs in Brighton and Hove
How I work
I can offer an initial telephone consultation (20 minutes) free of charge to discuss your needs and initial ideas of how we may be able to work together. I have specialist training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy (click here to find out more about EMDR) and I adopt an integrative approach in my clinical work, drawing on a range of psychological models, including Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The range of services I offer are tailored to best suit your needs and preferences. Click here for information about fees. I can also provide therapy in Italian - click here to visit the Italian page.
What to expect during the first session
The first appointment is a psychological assessment appointment. It is usually helpful to meet for a longer session (90 minutes) to explore what approach may be best suited and feel comfortable for you and decide on a treatment plan. I will usually start by asking you what has been happening for you, what has led to you thinking about psychological therapy and about some of your early history. I may also ask you to fill in some questionnaires if it is appropriate. This initial appointment will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about how I work. At the end of the session, we can decide together whether psychological therapy will be helpful, what approach may be most beneficial and we will agree on some therapy goals.
The therapy process
Therapy can take different forms for each individual. We are all unique and it is important that the therapeutic approach is a good fit for both the client and the therapist as this will facilitate an open and collaborative therapeutic space where positive change can be achieved. We can meet on a weekly basis or less frequently, depending on what works best for you. There may be occasions when it is necessary to meet weekly (e.g. during trauma-focused therapy). The length of therapy varies from person to person. Some people may only require a small number of sessions. Other people need longer term therapy. Here are some ideas of what I may be able to offer:
Up to 4 sessions to develop a psychological formulation to better understand your current difficulties; a psychological formulation is a process of making sense of your current difficulties in the context of your life experiences to understand how these have shaped the way you are as a person. It is a collaborative process during which the client and the therapist to generate hypotheses and ideas about areas that could be worked on in therapy. Click here for the British Psychological Society leaflet on formulation.
Short-term therapy - up to 12 sessions
Longer-term therapy - 13+ sessions
Trauma therapy and EMDR
Trauma and abuse can have a significant impact on our day-to-day life and on our relationship with ourselves, the world and people. I have a specialist interest in trauma-informed and trauma-focused therapy, including EMDR and Trauma-Focused CBT. Talking about difficult memories from our past can feel overwhelming as we may worry that people will judge and criticise us. Trauma-focused therapy can be a powerful tool to enable you to reflect on / process difficult events from your past and to start feeling more able to take positive risks to live a more fulfilling life.
Therapy for healthcare professionals
I am particularly interested in the links between stigma and lived experience of mental health in healthcare professionals. Being a psychologist or healthcare professional does not make us immune to being vulnerable. However, there is still significant stigma around healthcare professionals' lived experience of mental health difficulties and this can lead to difficulties in accessing support and disclosing when we are struggling. I hope to provide a safe and confidential therapeutic space to reflect and work through the dilemmas related to this experience.