Online Psychotherapy

Based in the Guildford area, I am a highly qualified, accredited and experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist offering therapy across a large part of Surrey.  But in the present circumstances of COVID-19 it’s not possible for therapy to take place in person.  In order to overcome this limitation, I am continuing to provide therapy – both individual and group – in the form of online psychotherapy sessions using a video platform.

As well as providing existing patients with continuity in their therapy, this also allows prospective new patients to be assessed as to their suitability for psychotherapy.

If a decision is made that therapy may indeed be helpful for you, then we can begin online psychotherapy by video link until such times as the Coronavirus crisis is past and face-to-face sessions become possible again.

In short, then, if you’re interested in exploring the possibility of therapy you don’t have to wait until the current pandemic is over.

What is psychotherapy?

Please take a moment to read about psychotherapy on this website.  As you’ll see, therapy is about talking, either one-to-one or in a group, about the things that are troubling you and their causes.  It takes place in a safe, confidential, understanding, respectful and non-judgemental environment.  You need to be assured of that because approaching a therapist can be quite an anxiety-provoking experience.  You also need to know that online therapy sessions provide a similarly safe, confidential and respectful space to therapy conducted in person.

An eminent therapist called Dennis Brown once said that psychotherapy is ‘the use of personal relationships to help people in trouble’ and that’s true.  As well as looking at past events and relationships in one’s life that may have given rise to present-day problems, a key part of therapy takes place in the ‘here and now’ relationship with a therapist or with other members of a therapy group.  As psychotherapy often operates at a level beyond conscious awareness, it’s not uncommon for changes to take place in a person without them quite knowing how those changes came about.’

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What conditions does Psychotherapy treat?

While there can be no guarantee of a successful outcome (as with any form of therapy) psychotherapy is a flexible tool that can be used to treat a wide range of conditions.  The long list I’ll give here is not exhaustive.

Therapy – including online therapy – may help with depression, anxiety, the effects of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), affairs and betrayals, questions around ageing, anger and assertiveness issues, attachment disorders, avoidant behaviour, bereavement, bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder, bullying, living with cancer, career and vocational issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, confidence, stifled creativity and frustration, dependency issues, dissociation, family difficulties, guilt, histrionic traits, hoarding and obsessive-compulsive behaviour, identity questions, loneliness and isolation, low self-esteem, self-defeating (masochistic) behaviour, feelings of being overwhelmed, passive-aggression, personality disorders, personal growth and fulfilment, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, redundancy, relationship problems, schizoid (withdrawal) traits, self-harming, separation and divorce, sexuality, psycho-somatic illnesses, shame, stress, terminations, trauma and workplace-related problems.

If your particular difficulties don’t appear in that list, it’s still worth getting in touch to discuss what has been troubling you and to see if psychotherapy might potentially be beneficial for you.

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