Hello there. I'm 54 and work as a Counselling Psychologist. I work with individuals, couples and groups both short-term (i.e. up to 12 weeks) and longer-term. As the client-therapist relationship is so important I offer a complementary initial session so we can get to know what it's like to be with each other before committing to working together. I work both face-to-face and via video. You can find more information about me at www.draycottcounselling.co.uk.
As you may be aware, there are a large number of therapies and therapeutic models on offer to clients. I see my job as making use of a number of these to best suit each client and their specific needs, rather than relying on just one or two, and to include a significant psycho-education component if helpful to the client. The approaches I make use of include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), trauma-informed therapy, existential therapies, motivational interviewing, person-centred therapy, Internal Family Systems, Systemic Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Compassion-Focused Therapies e.g. Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I'm a huge believer in the power of psychology to make a difference for clients and that this is best achieved if the work is focused on goals and objectives. These would be set at the start of the work and helps guide us as to a suitable ending for the work.
I've been a Psychologist man and boy. My early career was as a Business Psychologist before re-training as a Counselling Psychologist about 15 years ago. With this background in business, I continue to offer support for work-related issues e.g. stress. I have also worked with a number of treatment centres proving help for compulsive and addictive behaviours e.g. porn and alcohol. I have worked with Relate offering support to couples and also spent a number of years working with the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) focusing on sexuality, HIV and Chemsex.