I offer individual therapy sessions to adults of all ages, either in person at my clinic in Liverpool, or online.
What is psychological therapy?
Therapy is a journey towards self-discovery and self-improvement. It’s an investment in you, your wellbeing and your future mental health.
Life is hard. There will always be pain and suffering. How we deal with that pain and suffering can make or break us. It can make the difference between staying stuck in a rut or growing as an individual, between being a victim or the master of your own destiny, between surviving and thriving. Therapy can give you the skills you need to accept and overcome life’s difficulties.
Life is also beautiful. There will always be hope and love and the possibility of recovery and growth. Often people have a sense that life has more to offer but are unsure how to go about making positive changes. Therapy can help you to figure out what you want in life and how to get there.
Therapy can provide the space and the tools to help you navigate these two sides of life – it gives people the resources to heal old wounds, to understand how their problems have developed and the skills to tackle life’s challenges. It can also give you the tools you need to get the most out of life, to reach your potential and to live the life you want.
Therapy isn’t easy. It’s not a cure or a quick fix or simply somewhere to offload. Becoming more self-aware and making real and lasting positive changes requires effort and hard work. It’s important to consider whether you are truly ready for therapy and willing to fully engage in the process because, if you’re not, you won’t get the most out of it.
Who is it for?
Psychological therapy is for anyone who is experiencing difficulties relating to their mental health or anyone who wants to improve their mental wellbeing and is ready, willing and able to put in the effort to make real changes. Some people who come for therapy may have a recognised mental health diagnosis, others don’t. The issues I can help with include:
- Bereavement and loss
- Recovery after traumatic experiences
- Relationship issues
- Issues with confidence and self-esteem
- Difficulty managing emotions
- Experiences of abuse
These are just a few examples of the types of difficulties I work with. Whatever your experiences, please get in touch if you would like to discuss how therapy may be able to help you.
All my work is underpinned by my values of compassion, hope and hard work. I aim to offer a friendly and nonjudgmental space in which you can explore your difficulties, how they have developed and learn new ways of coping that can help you to thrive and grow.
No two people are the same so therapy will be different for everyone. As a psychologist I value your individuality and I will tailor my approach to your specific needs and goals.
I use a number of different therapeutic models in my work but my primary focus is always on helping you to learn the skills and tools you need to improve your wellbeing and get the most out of life. I have trained in the following approaches:
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
- Psychodynamic therapy
When you have your first consultation, we will discuss in more detail which approach will be best suited to your personal circumstances.
How does therapy work?
The first step is to book an initial consultation so we can have a chat about your current circumstances, what you are hoping to get from therapy and how it may be able to help you.
Therapy sessions last one hour and usually take place on a weekly basis. We will discuss how many sessions you might need to achieve the results you want.
The early sessions are about developing a joint understanding of your difficulties, how they have developed and setting some clear goals for what you want to achieve. The rest of the sessions are then dedicated to learning and practicing the skills you need to achieve your goals. What happens in therapy is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to get the most out of the process then taking what you learn from therapy and applying this in your daily life is where the real change happens.
Mental Health MOTs – a one stop mental health check-up
It’s common for people to get regular physical health checks, so why not do the same for your mental health? When we don’t get regular check-ups, little niggles can become big problems. With my mental health MOTs, I want to encourage you to invest in your mental health and give you some basic psychological tools to help you stay well and improve your mental fitness.
A mental health MOT lasts 90 minutes and can be done in person or online. During the MOT I’ll ask you questions about different areas of your wellbeing. I’ll ask you about things that you feel you are doing well in terms of your mental health and any areas you’ve identified where you’d like a little help or to make improvements. We’ll talk about topics that are known to influence our mental health like sleep, diet, exercise, relationships and how you see yourself. Prior to the MOT, I’ll ask you to fill in some brief questionnaires to help me build a picture of your current mental health.
After the MOT, I’ll take some time to summarise what we’ve discussed and write your personalised MOT report. This will include three individually tailored recommendations for positive changes you can make now to boost your wellbeing and increase your mental fitness.
Back to Basics Programme
Staying mentally fit and healthy often means going back to basics and looking after ourselves properly. Hectic schedules and the competing demands of work and home life can mean that the fundamental areas that help us to stay emotionally resilient – like sleep, diet and exercise – get neglected.
It’s easy to take these things for granted but the evidence is clear: get these basics in order and it can dramatically improve your wellbeing.
Through my back to basics programme, I aim to help you reflect on key areas that influence your wellbeing and to see what changes you can make to increase your resilience and reduce your vulnerability to mental health problems.
The back to basics programme includes six one-hour sessions that can be done in person or online. During the first three sessions we’ll explore in detail how you are currently doing in terms of sleep, diet and exercise. In the next three sessions, I’ll teach you skills in three core areas to help you stay mentally well: using your values to guide your actions; building pleasure and a sense of achievement into daily life; and coping ahead with difficult situations.
The Everyday DBT Programmes
DBT (short for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) is a practical, skills-based therapy that can help you take control of your life, address your problems and achieve your full potential.
I passionately believe that the practical skills offered in DBT can help ANYONE in their daily lives. Whether you have issues at home or at work, difficulties in your relationships, feel down or stressed, struggle with confidence or just generally feel like you could use some extra skills to help you navigate your life, then the everyday DBT programmes can help you.
There are four everyday DBT programmes which focus on the following areas: mindfulness and self-awareness; understanding and managing emotions; relationships; and coping with distress. You can find out more about each programme below. Each individual everyday DBT programme includes six one-hour sessions that can be done in person or online. They can be purchased as individual programmes, or you can complete two, three or all four of the everyday DBT programmes consecutively, building a package tailored to your individual needs. Discounts are available when you purchase multiple programmes.
SPECIAL OFFER – 20% discount on online therapy sessions and 10% discount on online wellbeing packages booked before February 2020
|Face to face||Online|
|Mental Health MOT|
90-minute check-up plus personalised report and recommendations
|Back to Basics Programme|
6 x 1 hour sessions
|Everyday DBT Programmes|
Four 6 x 1 hour programmes that can be purchased individually or as multiple programmes for a discounted price
|1 x everyday DBT programme||£500||£450|
|2 x everyday DBT programmes||£900||£810|
|3 x everyday DBT programmes||£1250||£1125|
|4 x everyday DBT programmes||£1500||£1350|
Per 1 hour session