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About JR Therapy
I provide individual psychological therapy for a wide range of presenting issues including; addiction, anxiety, anger management, bereavement, depression, low self- esteem, relationship issues and more challenging psychological distress like Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Panic Disorder. I integrate psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic (CBT) models, tuning my approach to best suit each individual client.
Often, long held narratives that we hold in our minds about ourselves and others can contribute to our distress. Employing an empathic stance, I can help uncover and gently challenge the stories we attach to our thoughts, feelings and experiences within the safety of a non- judgmental therapeutic relationship.
I employ psychological theory and research along with counselling skills to help guide an ongoing individual formulation of each client's presenting issues. Together we decide the best approach within which to guide our work. Whichever model is employed, it is conducted within a relational stance. Within this approach, it is the relationship with others, past and present and with aspects of ourselves, that is often perceived to be the kernel of distress and where the hope for change can arise. The therapeutic relationship, therefore, between myself and my clients is at the heart of my work. I aspire to create a safe space within this relationship in order for my clients to trust that we can explore their difficulties in a non- judgmental, warm and containing environment.
Below I offer a brief explanation of both the psychodynamic approach and CBT which are the core models of therapy used, along with an explanation of the importance of the therapeutic relationship.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." - Carl Jung
Psychodynamic therapy is generally longer- term work which explores how past relationships and difficulties can continue to affect us today. The main aim is to provide insight into how subconscious material may be influencing unhelpful repeating patterns of experiences and behaviour.
“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is goal orientated usually shorter- term work. It involves exploring how our thoughts and feelings influence our experiences and behaviour. The main aim is to examine our thought processes so that we can become more aware about how we perceive our realities, thus allowing us to question how helpful these perceptions are.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change" - Carl Rogers
Regardless on whatever model of psychological therapy is employed, it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship that is the key to success. It is a special type of relationship where the therapist is required to really hear their client and allow the safe space for them to communicate, without judgement, what they may even be hearing themselves for the first time.