Why engage in Therapy?
What brings you to therapy is unique to you. Many people come with a specific life concern, others simply want a confidential space in which they can unpack their experiences and emerging desires. Some are seeking greater clarity and self-understanding. I work with a wide array of people dealing with all sort of life issues.
Vitality and the wild within
One measure of health that I find useful in therapy, is vitality.
There is a certain vitality many of us feel when standing face to face with wild nature. You may have felt this it in the midst of a storm, watching waves crash at the beach, or hearing a wild cat roar. You recognise this vitality because you are human, and the very same vitality lives within you. In a sense, it is your birthright.
But somewhere along the way that vitality becomes blocked or dulled, and you don’t feel that wild aliveness moving through your life freely. Perhaps you feel tired, confused, sad, lonely or simply frustrated. Instead of nourishing you, the wild within haunts you, whispering that things could be better.
Psychotherapy is a powerful way to identify and move beyond the obstacles that stand between you and this innate vitality, enabling you to embrace life and relationship more fully.
Common Themes in Therapy
I don’t know who you are or where you’ve come from, but being human you probably get stuck from time to time. Perhaps you carry relational wounds that make it hard to be close to others. Perhaps you manifest certain self-defeating patterns of behaviour. It’s likely that you often hunger for a greater sense of personal freedom, authenticity, meaning, and fulfilment.
Psychotherapy can help
If you are reading this, then you’ve probably already realised that you want new insights, healing, growth, or change. And you’re probably wondering if psychotherapy can help. The good news is that it can and does help, if you can build a engaged and trusting relationship with a well trained therapist. Psychotherapy can really change your life, and one the most common refrains I hear from clients is, “I wish I’d done this years ago.”
FINDING THE RIGHT THERAPIST
Research shows that one of the keys to effective psychotherapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. But finding a therapeutic relationship that works can be a daunting task. The sad truth is that there is a lot of poor therapy out there, and you need to do your homework. Making sure that your therapist has sufficient training and experience is a good start.
One great way to find a good therapist is via word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and colleagues. Another way is to search the internet until you find a therapist’s website that “speaks” to you. For example, if anything that you’re reading on this website resonates with you, then we might be a good fit, and I encourage you to get in touch.
While things like recommendations and websites can point you in the right direction, you will ultimately only really know whether you and your therapist are a good fit when you sit across from him/her and start doing the work.
I have had the honour of working with hundreds of people over the last eight years. I have seen countless people embrace new and more honest versions of themselves. I have seen people lay down burdens that they have been carrying for decades, and step into lighter and brighter futures. I have seen people find the courage to let others close to them. I have seen vitality seep back into lives that had begun to feel dull and stuck. But the work is not always easy, and sometimes it is slow. Where we go and how quickly we move depends on you and what you bring.
I am committed to my work and I would welcome the opportunity to work with you. To get more of a sense for me and how I work, please visit the about page, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have.