Hertfordshire | 
St Albans | London
Phone: 0044 (0) 7580 005159
Email: [email protected]

The Philosophy of Our Therapy

I believe that people come to therapy because they feel stuck and want to change something in their lives. Often - but not always - this 'something' will be a pattern of behaviour that consistently gets in the way of their true enjoyment of life.  Do you behave in ways that help in the short-term, but maintain the problem in the long term and stops you from changing the very thing that you want to change? Do you ever feel trapped by your difficulties? Do you end up feeling bad about yourself?


Therapy offers you the opportunity to change.

Perhaps you have lost your motivation to achieve what you used to want when you were younger?

Do you struggle with anxiety every time you think about what you may have to do?

Do you feel inadequate - not as good as other people?

Do you get upset when you are criticised or rejected?

Do you just feel hopeless about the future?


If any of these feelings describe what you are feeling, I believe I can help you.

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If you avoid parties, meeting new people, standing up to your colleagues or boss at work, isolate yourself, or frighten others - and yourself - with your anger, I can help you understand what drives your behaviour and how to change.

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Commonly Treated Conditions

Understanding and Managing Anger

Many people fear their own anger, and therefore either deny it or suppress it for fear that it will get out of control. The course will help participants understand the roots of their own anger and explore the basis for their fears. The distinction between healthy anger and uncontrolled aggression helps normalise strong emotions. You will learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of anger, understanding when it is appropriate to be angry, and techniques for managing anger.

The objectives for the course are the reduction of both destructive anger and severe anxiety, and an improvement in self-esteem.

Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Boost

Self-esteem is a term that is often used interchangeably with self-concept and self-worth. Therapy explores exactly what is meant by self-esteem and how it impacts upon your life, particularly your relationships with yourself and others, whether family, friends, or in the work-place. By identifying the obstacles to acting assertively, you will learn how to express your needs safely, and get them met. In turn, you will learn to manage conflict, free from fear, rather than doing everything possible to avoid it - often at considerable expense to ourselves.

The focus of the therapy will be on first identifying the changes that you want, and then practicing them within the safe space of therapy. Homework exercises, feed-back and review of progress help maintain and strengthen gains.

Depression and Anxiety

These two conditions are described together because in our experience, most depressed people get anxious at times, and if you are very anxious, it is quite likely that you will also suffer from at least some aspects of depression.  Treatment therefore depends upon a detailed understanding and formulation of  our  problems, specifically when they started, what they have stopped you doing or made you do,  their impact on your family, your wider social life,  and your work-place. We tailor your therapy to you, so each individual will follow a different course of therapy which is needs-led.

Treating either or both of these conditions typically calls for an integrated approach in order to help you take a fresh look at how you approach the challenges of your life.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you are somebody who has suffered trauma either in childhood or more recently, you can also recover and remake your life. Life will never be the same as before, but many people who survive trauma find new and deeper meaning in life. We offer both Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (described below) to assist in your recovery.

All our work is oriented to helping you become more resilient : to adapt to difficult challenges, to face and overcome your troubles, and to ‘bounce back’ from difficult experiences.

Our Therapeutic Models

Therapy offers the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of the obstacles that prevent you from achieving your emotional goals. Following an in-depth assessment, we discuss which models of therapy would best be suited to you.

When we work with you, we will use a range of therapeutic techniques which we think are best suited to your needs. Some of the therapeutic models we use are described below:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychotherapy that invites you to notice your chronic struggles and challenges, but not to get entangled with them. By observing and accepting problems (rather than avoiding them), you are liberated to behave in a way that is consistent with your values, that is, with the way that you would like to live your life. Both the sessions and the home-based tasks reinforce the importance of values-based actions.

Cognitive-Analytic Therapy (CAT) focuses on your long-standing problematic styles of thinking, feeling and acting, both towards yourself and others. These habits are typically identified as survival techniques from the past, but which now interfere with your relationships and enjoyment of life. Through a close relationship with your therapist, you discover new patterns of beliefs, emotions and behaviours which you practice during the course of therapy and afterwards, in order to enhance your quality of life. Follow-up ‘booster’ sessions are available.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured therapy that helps you challenge unhelpful behaviours and beliefs about yourself without blame or self-criticism. You learn how to up-date your view of yourself and others through learning to act and think more flexibly about situations. CBT takes a problem-solving approach to your life. It is a collaborative therapy in which you set the agenda for change, and work with your therapist towards achieving your goals. CBT requires you to complete tasks between sessions.

Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing: this therapy is also helpful for those who have suffered traumatic events, although can also be very successfully applied with a range of psychological difficulties, including Anxiety and Depression. The therapy can be used as an adjunct (an ‘add-on’) to other models of therapy). Again, this may suit you if you do not have clear memories of everything that you may have experienced, and therefore find it difficult to offer a clear history or narrative of your life. If you experience high levels of shame, EMDR may suit you - at least to start your recovery journey.

Mindfulness courses are offered by our Clinic. Recommended to relieve stress, anger, and depression, Mindfulness helps you to increase your awareness of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment. Most of us get caught up in our thoughts – a process called rumination – and become very judgmental both of ourselves and others. Daily mindfulness practice helps us enjoy the world around us and helps us change the way we see ourselves and our lives.

Sensori-motor psychotherapy: a body-oriented therapy that targets persistent emotional and psychological difficulties by working towards re-connecting body and mind. Working somatically - focusing on sensations and feelings held in the body – is a powerful, yet gentle approach to which helps you resolve historical tensions.