My primary aim is to offer you a safe and welcoming space to explore whatever concerns you may have right now. Going to therapy for the first time can be daunting and anxiety-provoking, but hopefully my warmth will put you at ease and you will soon be able to make use of this professional and confidential environment to start experiencing changes in yourself and your life.
This would be ideal to help get through a crisis such as a bereavement. It is also useful if you would like to look at quite a specific issue, for instance adapting to life after retirement. My aim here is to offer you support in a contained environment to help you re-adjust to life and to once again live fully. We will decide together how many sessions would suit you best.
We will generally meet once a week for a fifty minute face-to-face session. I work with several issues such as bereavement, anxiety, a sense of meaningless or lack of purpose in life, loneliness, domestic violence as well as issues around sexuality and identity.
I have worked with gay men for a number of years through the charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and have considerable knowledge about gay lifestyle and concerns that many gay men experience - homophobia, discomfort with your own sexuality, the difficulty in finding a partner, frequenting saunas and sex clubs, addiction to porn, sex or networking sites like gaydar, and the use of recreational drugs. I also do couples' therapy for gay men.
Some issues are complex and seem to be a part of who we are, in such a way that we almost cannot remember a time when things/WE were different. In this case, longer term therapy might be more ideal so we have sufficient time to look at various different aspects in your life and how they all come together in such a way that is bringing you unhappiness and anxiety. We can go on working together for as long as you feel is necessary.
Relationships can be hard work at times, and it's easy to get stuck in a cycle of blame and resentment which may lead to a gradual process of drifting away from each other. Couples' counselling is a good way to open up the channels of communication again, in a safe environment where you can feel heard and respected.
Telephone and Skype Counselling
We can also agree to have sessions over the phone or using Skype, particularly if you travel a lot. This can be arranged after an initial face-to-face session for assessment purposes. These sessions can also be an addition to face-to-face sessions.