About Therapy

What Difficulties can Therapy Assist With?



The list of conditions amenable to therapy can seem almost endless, whilst therapy cant heal a broken leg it can help one to accept and live with the pain!


Common issues which might be suitable for therapy include:   



Anxiety difficulties
Work related stress
Depression/Mood disorder
Low self Esteem
Lack of Assertiveness
Adjustment disorders Bereavement
Loss of Direction/Purpose

Relationship counselling
Couple counselling
Family difficulties
Difficulties in relating to others
Traumatic childhood
Feeling unloved or unworthy
Sexual Difficulties
Past or childhood sexual abuse
Sexual violence

Psychiatric difficulties
Eating disorders
Personality difficulties
Poor body image/Body dysmorphia

If well controlled - Psychotic and more serious Psychiatric difficulties.


Or sometimes just feeling that life is passing you by or your not getting what you want out of life


Or for reasons of personal development and fulfilment.


With more serious Psychiatric difficulties or where there is a risk of suicidal or other self -harming behaviour it is often best to work in liaison with a persons GP or Psychiatric professional who may be able to advise in terms of medication options and with Risk Management which work well in conjunction with Psychological



Issues which might be suitable for hypnotherapy:


I  can offer hypnotherapy and NLP as an adjunct to counselling/psychotherapy for a number of issues including smoking cessation, sleep problems, relaxation or other similar difficulties.  


A recent development of hypnosis had been with the area of weight control, many people have found 'Gastric Band' hypnosis to be etremely useful. 



What Happens in a Session? 


No issue is too small or great to bring to counselling. It is common to feel apprehensive about seeing a therapist or to worry about what will happen. My style is warm, approachable and sensitive and there is no right thing for you to say or do. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss therapy and any questions you may have.

Therapy is not about someone telling you what to do - it is about considering issues together, in ways which help you to clarify and understand more about your situation and how you would like things to be.


How Long will it Take?


I suggest all new people attend an initial assessment,session. This will allow us to consider issues in far greater detail than could be completed over the phone or in writing. You will have time to explore your difficulties or aims.

If you continue, sessions are generally once a week at the same time and last for 60 minutes. You can end the arrangement at any time, although usually this will be discussed beforehand.





I encourage people to complete a self assessment document which often they find useful to print off and bring to the first session. I email a copy before the first session. If some parts are found difficult or do not seem relevant they can be left blank. The self assessment gives people a chance to think about life, difficulties and what they would like to achieve.

I practice just outside Portsmouth near Port Solent. Parking space is readilly available. Their is a seating area for friends or relatives to wait outside.

Appointment times are for 50 minutes at a cost of £40 per session. Sessions are usually weekly and I keep to the same time each week. Unfortunately I do need to charge for missed sessions unless prior cancellation notice of 24 hours is given.
People are reminded that as I may be seeing someone else before/afterwards, so l need to keep to time.
Please do not hesitate to email or phone if you have any concerns or querries.