Psychotherapy & counselling are about change and to that end I am interested in supporting people in gaining an understanding of how their early childhood relationships and experiences influence who they are; and how at times this can get in the way of people being how they want to be. For example coping strategies which were developed to manage upset and distress but have outgrown their usefulness can prove difficult to give up. Or relationship styles, patterns and ways of thinking about people developed in childhood may not work in current relationships with friends, partners or colleagues.
At the initial appointment which lasts for 1.5 hours you can begin to tell me about yourself and what it is that is worrying you. This first appointment will also enable you to get a sense of me and to consider if you would like to continue with me for further sessions. Ongoing sessions last for 50 minutes and are at the same time and day each week. People usually have a particular concern they want to address. People usually attend longer that 12 sessions if when they want to look at their life in greater depth or have experienced significant and disruptive events in their life which require a longer time to talk about and make meaning of.
Integral to effective counselling and psychotherapy is a positive and collaborative working relationship, which enables people to heal and change, whilst acknowledging and respecting the individuality of each person.
I have been practising for 25 years and work to the BACP and UKCP code of ethics.
Supervision whether individually or in a group is a regular meeting within which practitioners can think and reflect on their clinical work with their supervisor. My approach to clinical supervision is influenced by social psychology, systems theory, psychoanalytical development thinking, relational psychotherapy and attachment theory. I am experienced in supervising trainees, newly qualified and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists.
Nicola Saunders Psychotherapist