I have been practicing since 1991 and these are the issues that I specialise in. On my personal website I answer some of the common questions you may have so do click on the “Learn More” link that appears at the end of each section below. You will then be taken to my website where you can explore the related section from the drop down menus in the navigation bar.
Are you in a crisis after an affair or betrayal and trying to figure out if you can recover as a couple or need to end things? Has your relationship become stale so that it is like living with a stranger or a sibling? Are you always arguing and struggling over issues like money or parenting?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then it is probably the right time to come to couples counselling to figure out your way forward. If you aren’t certain about what you want for the future, counselling helps you decide if you want to stay together or separate. Getting clear means that you can choose whether to commit to building a new relationship to stay together. It can also help you figure out what kind of ending you need to make - if you decide to part and if you have children counselling can focus on making it easier to collaborate so that you can parent effectively when you are no longer together.
Gut-Directed Therapy for IBS / IBD Management (including Chrones, Diverticulitis, Ulcerative Colitis) and Upper Gut Issues such as Hiatus Hernia and Acid Reflux.
Digestive problems are debilitating and can make us feel that life is just one long struggle. Therapy to help reduce symptoms and manage the disruptions that problems with our digestion can cause is available as a 12 session programme of treatment combining CBT and hypnosis. It was pioneered by Dr. Peter Whorwell at the University Hospital of South Manchester and is an effective treatment that studies have shown to have a long-term, sustainable benefit in the reduction of symptoms and flare-ups.
Individual Counselling and Depth Psychotherapy for Mid-Life Transitions Including Chronic and Life-Threatening Illnesses
Mid-life is often a time when we end up reassessing our lives and the choices we have made.
Things like divorce (the highest percentage of divorces occur in the 45-55 age range), children leaving home, redundancy, death of a parent, death of a child and unexpected life changing illnesses (MS, Parkinson’s, ALS, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Cancer, etc.) can catapult us into a sense of confusion and sometimes despair.
Whatever the trigger, we can feel that we have lost our sense of direction and sometimes our sense of meaning and purpose. This life stage has sometimes been described as the “dark night of the soul” and it is a time when we can feel very alone, even when surrounded by loved ones and friends.
Therapy offers a safe space to acknowledge and explore thoughts and feelings that we feel that we can’t share with those close to us and would otherwise try to push to one side and try to ignore (usually to our disadvantage). The focus of therapy is on finding a way through this period and creating a life that we feel has meaning, purpose and connection in the second half of life.