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AREAS OF INTEREST

ANXIETY, ANGST AND RUMINATION 

Anxiety, whether it’s in the form of constant worrying or acute panic attacks, can be debilitating and can suck the joy out of life. Therapy can be an effective tool to examine these phenomena. Where do they spring from? What are they trying to tell us? Therapy provides an opportunity to take a more active stance on anxiety, not to run from it but to delve in and explore it.  By listening to, and understanding, our anxiety we can reducing the pain it causes. 

SHAME

Shame can have a corrosive effect on our identities and self-expression. We can shrink into ourselves, feeling the oppressive weight of the judgement, or look, of the other. Shame is itself shameful and it can often be difficult to admit to ourselves that we feel ashamed. Often, it is revealed by the coping mechanisms we employ to keep it at bay. By understanding the structure of shame and its context - the culture, religion, family - which we were born into, we can start to break free from its tyranny. Within a compassionate and nonjudgmental framework, shame can be exposed, and over time lose its power. 

DEPRESSION AND MELANCHOLIA 

The symptoms of depression vary widely so no two people experience it in exactly the same way. For some it is sadness and lethargy but others experience anger and irritation, or a feeling of lostness or of being stuck. Usually with depression, something has become fixed - or sedimented - in how we engage with ourselves and with the world. Therapy allows for a full exploration of this engagement in an effort to break free from its imprisonment. 

EXISTENTIAL COUNSELLING

Existential Psychotherapy is a holistic and integrative approach to counselling that explores the fundamental questions of human existence, such as freedom, choice, responsibility, and meaning. As an Existential Psychotherapist, I can help you explore these issues in a safe and supportive environment, and work towards greater clarity, purpose, and fulfilment in your life.

SELF-ESTEEM AND IDENTITY

The question of who we are, and how we are seen by others is central to our sense of security in the world. The story we tell about ourselves is hugely important. Why do we foreground some life experience and not others? In therapy we reflect on these choices. We have the opportunity to look at our life narrative and examine other perspectives. Therapy is an invitation to adapt and update our life story, which in turn can radically effect our sense of identity. 

ONLINE THERAPY

In addition to in-person therapy sessions, I also offer online therapy for clients who prefer the convenience and flexibility. 

LOSTNESS AND CONFUSION

Sometimes we come to therapy because we’ve lost direction. Something is the matter but we’re not sure what exactly. Psychotherapy provides the pause from life, or a clearing, in which the problem can come into focus. It can take us in surprising directions and lead to new discoveries about who we really are and how we see the world. 

GET IN TOUCH

If you are interested in learning more about psychotherapy with me or would like to schedule a consultation, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

An initial consultation costs the same as a standard therapy session (£60 Worthing / £70 Brighton)

ADDICTIONS AND COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOUR

Existential psychiatrist Medard Boss said that “Addiction - whatever its form - has always been a desperate search, on a false and hopeless path, for the fulfilment of human freedom.” Medard highlights the paradox of addiction: we become enslaved by the very thing which brought us freedom. Sometimes we get caught in repetitive patterns that we don’t understand. Starting on a path of recovery can be an enlightening and exciting journey of self discovery. Like any journey, it starts by taking the first step. 

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