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  • What can I expect from therapy?
    In therapy, we'll work collaboratively to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Together, we'll identify goals and develop strategies to help you navigate challenges and achieve greater well-being.
  • Is it weird?
    No! although therapy is a different type of relationship and due to the nature of therapy it may feel very one sided. It aims to facilitate your personal growth, above all our trusting relationship heals.
  • How do I know if therapy is right for me?
    Therapy can be beneficial for anyone looking to gain insight, cope with difficulties, or enhance personal growth. If you're feeling overwhelmed, struggling with emotions, or facing life transitions, therapy could provide valuable support and guidance.
  • What type of therapy do you offer?
    My approach is based on the idea that many adult patterns of behaviour are related to negative early experiences which cause patterns of distorted thinking & beliefs that may have been understandable back then, but do not work in adult life. Our purpose of therapy is to explore these distortions, understand how they arose & find effective ways to overcome their influence over you. I also incorporate some creative elements of Psychosynthesis which includes a transpersonal and spiritual nature to our work that helps to facilitate your personal growth and psychological development through the use of symbolic detail, work with sub-personalities and there may be some dream work and guided visualisation exercises if appropriate. It is a soulful, creative and sometimes educational approach that is effective in helping you to understand emotional boundaries, so you don't have to own the issues of other people, helping you to understand yourself on a deeper level and helping you to find meaning in your life. Together, we'll tailor the approach to best meet your needs and goals. For a more in depth look at what Psychosynthesis is and how it can help you, please see the Types of Therapy section in this Q&A. I work psychodynamically and I also offer single session therapy and student rate therapy if you require psychodynamic counselling as part of your studies.
  • How often will we meet and for how long?
    Our appointments are typically 50 minutes and are scheduled weekly, although this can vary depending on your needs and preferences. The duration of therapy can vary as well. I work open ended - what this means is I believe something has encouraged you to start therapy and throughout our time together you will know when to finish. We will regularly review progress to determine what you would like to get out of therapy.
  • Is therapy confidential?
    Yes, confidentiality is a fundamental aspect of therapy. Your privacy is of the strictest importance and I adhere to the BACP guidelines on confidentiality and record keeping. However, there are legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality, such as situations involving imminent risk of harm to yourself or others and mandatory reporting of child abuse.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    I offer a free initial Meet with Rick appointment where it will be a good time for us to find out who we are, see what our work is going to be about and see how we come to feel about working together. Please contact me. Therapy is £45 per 50 minutes whether it be video, text message or telephone appointments. I also offer single session therapy at £75 for 90 minutes. You can find more about what single session therapy is in the Therapy in Depth Q&A section and you can book your appointments on the 'Book your Appointment' page.
  • What qualifications and experience do you have?
    I have 6+ years of experience working with clients facing a wide range of issues along with 3+ years of personal therapy. I have specialist training in eating disorders and as an experienced counselling practitioner I'm dedicated to providing compassionate and effective therapy and I am dedicated to maintaining a consistent & reliable practice. I have also previously worked in mental health management & I have represented various mental health charities & trusts. I'm registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, insured and ICO registered and I have regular supervision. Main Qualifications Single Session Therapy (SST) APT Accred Diploma in Counselling Practice BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology BPS Accred Diploma in Health & Nursing Professional Memberships British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Reg, MBACP 394009 British Psychological Society MBPsS & Division of Counselling Psychology, 2012 - 2018 ​ Certifications & Training Archetypal Psychology, Bringing Light to Dark Places, Psyche & Soma Workshop, Invicta Therapy, Feb 2020 Treatment Skills for Eating Disorders (Training adapted from the National Centre for Eating Disorders Diploma), First Steps ED, Jan 2020 Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders (Training adapted from the National Centre for Eating Disorders Diploma), First Steps ED, Dec 2019 Eating Disorders Training for Professionals (5.5 CPD Certified Hours), First Steps ED, Oct 2019 Understanding Autism,Asperger’s & ADHD, (18 CPD Certified Hours), University of Derby Online, 2018 Level 1and 2 in Domestic Abuse (1.5 CPD Certified Hours), Me Learning, 2017 Level 2 Business Admin & Team Leadership, Astral Training, 2014 Level 2 Equality & Diversity, Astral Training, 2014 ABC in Counselling Concepts (Humanistic Counselling), Barnsley College, 2006 ​ Recent Continuing Professional Development BACP Private Practice Conference, Anxiety in an Uncertain World. BACP, Sep 2023 Dr. Diane Poole Heller - Decoding Adult Attachment Styles, Academy of Therapy Wisdom. Mar 2023 Dr. Janina Fisher - Stabilising the Unstable: Working with self destructive and addictive behaviour, eating disorders & suicidality, Therapy Wisdom, Mar 2023 Jules Taylor - Memory Reconsolidation for Anxiety, Academy of Therapy Wisdom, Mar 2023 De West - Self stewardship for therapists: Easy practices to refresh yourself between sessions, Academy of Therapy Wisdom, Mar 2023 Self Wellness & Resiliency for Mental Health Professionals, Hecht Trauma Institute, Feb 2023 Gabor Mate - Compassionate Inquiry: Deepening the Healing Process, Life Architect, Feb 2023 Dr Frank Anderson MD - The Art of Intuition: Bringing Your Full Self Into Your Clinical Practice, Academy of Therapy Wisdom, Jan 2023 Dr. Janina Fisher PHd - Healing the Shame of Our Fragmented Selves, Academy of Therapy Wisdom, Oct 2022 BACP Private Practice Conference, BACP, Sep 2022 Working with trauma: Somatic- based interventions to move clients from surviving to thriving, PESI, May 2022 3 CPD Certificates in: (1) Body Image & Perception. (2) ED in Men, RCGP Accred. (3) ED All Ages All Genders, First Steps ED, Feb 2021 How to do counselling online: A Coronavirus Primer, BACP & The Open University, Sept 2020 Safeguarding Adults, Embrace Learning, June 2020 Keeping clients at the centre: Inform your practice with the latest research, BACP, May 2020 ​ Character traits and depression, anxiety and stress as correlates in dermatological life quality and an assessment of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy as a complimentary therapy; Literature review and empirical report. Click here to read
  • How do we measure progress in therapy?
    We regularly assess your progress and discuss any changes or developments in your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Your feedback is invaluable in guiding our work together and we will adjust our approach as needed to ensure your goals are being met.
  • What should I do if I have an emergency between sessions?
    If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, it's important to seek immediate help. You can contact emergency services or a crisis hotline for support such as the Samaritans. Additionally. I'm available to discuss urgent concerns during our scheduled sessions and we can develop a plan to address any immediate needs.
  • Do you have any availability for new clients?
    Yes, I currently have availability for new clients. Please contact me to schedule a free Meet with Rick appointment and we can discuss your needs and how I can support you on your journey.
  • What is Psychodynamic therapy?
    Psychodynamic therapy is a talking therapy that focuses on understanding how your past experiences and unconscious thoughts influence your current feelings, behaviors, and relationships. In this therapy, we'll work together to explore your thoughts, emotions and behaviors to gain insight into why you might be experiencing certain challenges in your life. We'll talk about your childhood experiences, relationships with family members and significant events in your life to uncover patterns that may be contributing to your current struggles. Sometimes, these patterns are deeply rooted in your unconscious mind and we'll work together to bring them to light. Our sessions will also focus on our relationship as therapist and client. This relationship provides a safe space for you to express yourself freely and honestly. We'll pay attention to how you interact with me, as it can give us valuable insights into your relationships outside of therapy. The goal of Psychodynamic therapy is to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself, your motivations and your relationships. By gaining insight into your unconscious thoughts and behaviors, you can make positive changes in your life and find healthier ways of coping with challenges. It's important to know that psychodynamic therapy is a process and it may take time to see significant changes. However, many people find it to be a rewarding and transformative experience that leads to greater self-awareness and personal growth.
  • What is Psychosynthesis therapy?
    Psychosynthesis is a type of therapy that focuses on your individual journey towards self-discovery, personal growth and fulfillment. In this therapy, we'll explore not only your thoughts and emotions but also your deeper sense of purpose and spirituality. One of the key concepts in psychosynthesis is the idea that each person has a unique 'Self' – a core essence or true identity that seeks expression in the world. Throughout our sessions, we'll work together to uncover and nurture this authentic Self, helping you to align your actions and choices with your deepest values and aspirations. Psychosynthesis therapy recognizes that each person is made up of different parts or subpersonalities, which can sometimes conflict with each other or feel disconnected. We'll explore these different aspects of yourself – such as your strengths, vulnerabilities and inner conflicts – and work towards integrating them into a more harmonious and balanced whole. Another important aspect of psychosynthesis is the exploration of your spiritual dimension. This doesn't necessarily mean religious beliefs, but rather your sense of connection to something greater than yourself – whether that's nature, humanity, or a higher power. We'll explore how your spiritual beliefs and experiences can support your personal growth and provide meaning and direction in your life. Throughout the therapy process, you'll have the opportunity to gain deeper insight into yourself, develop greater self-awareness, and learn practical tools and techniques to help you navigate life's challenges more effectively. Ultimately, the goal of psychosynthesis therapy is to help you become more fully yourself – to live authentically, express your unique gifts and talents and find greater joy and fulfillment in your life."
  • What is Single Session Therapy?
    Single session therapy (SST) is a brief and focused form of counseling or psychotherapy where the client and therapist work together intensively during a single session to address a specific issue or concern. Single session therapy is a unique approach to counseling where we'll focus on addressing your specific concern or problem within just one session. During our time together, we'll work collaboratively to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences related to the issue you're facing. The goal of single session therapy is to provide you with support, insight, and practical strategies to help you find resolution or relief from your difficulties in a short amount of time. While one session may seem brief, it can be surprisingly effective in helping you gain clarity, make decisions, or start the process of change. In our session, we'll start by identifying your goals and what you hope to achieve through therapy. From there, we'll explore the factors contributing to your current situation, including any thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that may be relevant. I'll listen to your concerns with empathy and without judgment, and together, we'll work towards finding solutions or coping strategies that you can implement right away. Single session therapy can be particularly helpful for addressing specific issues or making decisions, such as relationship problems, career dilemmas, or coping with a stressful situation. While it may not be appropriate for addressing complex or longstanding issues that require more in-depth exploration, it can still provide valuable support and guidance in times of need. After our session, you may feel a sense of relief, clarity, or empowerment as you move forward with your goals or decisions. Depending on your needs, we can discuss the option of additional sessions or other forms of support if necessary. Overall, single session therapy offers a focused and efficient way to address your concerns and take steps towards positive change in your life.
  • I've heard about 'Shadow Work', what does it mean and what exactly does it involve?
    Shadow work in therapy refers to the process of exploring and integrating the aspects of the self that are unconscious, repressed, or disowned. This concept was popularized by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who believed that everyone possesses a "shadow" – the parts of ourselves that we deny, reject, or suppress because they are seen as negative, shameful, or unacceptable. In therapy, shadow work involves bringing these unconscious aspects into conscious awareness, exploring them with compassion and curiosity, and integrating them into the whole self. This process can involve: Exploring the Shadow: Through dialogue, reflection, and exploration of dreams, fantasies, and personal narratives, individuals work with their therapist to identify and acknowledge the aspects of themselves that they have rejected or disowned. This may include traits, emotions, desires, or memories that they find difficult to accept or admit to. Understanding Projection: Jung proposed that what we reject in ourselves often gets projected onto others. In therapy, clients learn to recognize when they are projecting their shadow onto others and explore how these projections can offer insights into their own unconscious dynamics. Integration and Acceptance: Shadow work is not about eradicating or eliminating these aspects of the self, but rather about accepting them as part of who we are. Through compassionate self-exploration and acceptance, individuals can integrate their shadow aspects into their conscious awareness, leading to greater wholeness and authenticity. Embracing Wholeness: Integrating the shadow can lead to a deeper sense of self-awareness, authenticity, and inner peace. By embracing the totality of the self – including the light and dark aspects – individuals can experience greater freedom, creativity, and fulfillment in their lives. Shadow work in therapy can be challenging and may evoke strong emotions, but it can also be profoundly rewarding and transformative. By confronting and integrating the shadow, individuals can cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves, improve their relationships, and lead more authentic and fulfilling lives.

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