If you are having problems with living, with stress, work, insecurity, loneliness, grief, relationship problems, low sense of worth, confidence loss, identity crisis, emotions that are either out of control or suppressed, inappropriate anger, perfectionistic thinking, persistent low mood, difficulty in concentrating, harsh self judgment, or unhelpful thought patterns, you may benefit from long term or short term therapy. My clients receive bespoke therapy according to what I understand their needs to be. This sometimes includes practical skills, including mindfulness, but without the "Omm"! I have a specialism in working with neurodivergent young people from the age of 13 with Autisic Spectrum Conditions, including ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism, and Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity (GSRD).
People come to relationship therapy if there is a communication breakdown, if they don't see eye to eye any more, if they've forgotten how to listen to one other - or never could - or if they've fallen out of love, or have become divided by grief or by differing parenting and relationship styles, or there are difficult emotions being experienced by one or both/all. You may wish to stay together, or you may want to part in peace. You may not know. You may wish to explore GSRD. Short term or long term therapy with an experienced therapist can help clarify difference and guide partners and polycules toward resolution of recent or long standing disagreements. As a dialectician, I can help people hold two apparently opposing points of view at once, whilst looking for synthesis. My speciality is to provide "Damage Limitation", emergency, therapy in 4 sessions to stabilise the relationship with immediate effect.
Musicians, dancers and other creative people seeking specialist psychological treatment, may be suitable for the Stimmung Therapy Programme. This unique programme is a mix of short-term intensive one-to-one therapy alongside specialist skills coaching. Fellow musician and existential psychotherapist Miranda Jackson joined Stimmung to provide short term, intensive trauma therapy; whilst I provide the practical Skills Coaching to help manage the day-to-day problematic behaviours that are stopping you perform or make music as you wish. The Skills Coaching also help you manage anything that comes up in your short term trauma therapy with Miranda or one of other specialist associates. Trauma Therapy does not have to be long term, and if your therapy is funded by a charity, it means we have to work fast in order to offer you effective treatment. You may read more about the Stimmung Therapy Programme on the Musicians & Performers page on this website.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed by Professor Marsha Linehan from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). DBT is for people whose personality displays extreme and under-controlled (out of control) emotions that can often be precursors to harmful or destructive behaviour to themselves or others. As a fully qualified DBT practitioner I teach skills to clients to help them better manage and regulate emotions so that they are not so extreme, and therefore not so destructive of relationships. I do this in individual therapy and out-of-hours telephone skills coaching. Skills groups are available via associate therapists, if the full programme is required. You can come with or without a formal diagnosis to receive this treatment.
If you are governed by rules, rehearsal, regulation and planning, if you are uncomplaining yet unhappy, lonely, distrustful, perfectionistic, workaholic, emotionally restrained in the extreme, then Radically Open DBT is for you. RO DBT was born out of standard DBT and developed by Professor Tom Lynch for people with treatment resistant depression, and symptoms of emotional over-control, which include problematic restrictive eating, obsessive behaviour, and traits or diagnosis of autism. It comprises individual sessions and skills classes. I co-facilitate classes online via Zoom with Clinical Psychologists Dr Alex Fowke and Ian Wootton. We are the only providers of full-package RO DBT in the country, and we have both been trained by the developer of Professor Tom Lynch.
Whether it be performance anxiety, low self-esteem, loss of confidence, poor work performance, or any of the difficulties listed in the Individual Therapy column, then I can train you in skills. I will help you to build a repertoire of effective tools so that you can continue - or return to - work, and help you find fulfilment and meaning in your craft, whilst optimising your work performance. These skills will be individualised for you so that they may be used at home, at work, on the go, and - for musicians and performers - in your rehearsal or recording studio, back stage, on stage, off set, or on set, with flexible hours to suit your schedule. This method is useful for when you do have the time, or the inclination for trauma therapy.