Lawrence Way Community House
37 Lawrence Way
Cambridge Counselling Service
25-27 High Street
Beginning therapy can be an adventure, a leap into something unknown. It will certainly challenge; it may also be painful. But the work thrives in a supportive and mutually engaged atmosphere. The challenges are always shared and experienced together. Therapy can offer the time to examine and explore things together, without pressure, and with time to create trust and understanding.
Psychoanalysis works through establishing an open, questioning conversation between the therapist and the client. In that dialogue you are invited to speak about yourself and your difficulties, at your own pace and in your own way. Psychoanalysis addresses the client and their situation in their particularity and absolute uniqueness and places emphasis on close and detailed listening to your own speech and language as the access to that particularity. It is not the therapist's job to offer swift solutions nor to impose their view of things, but through the back and forth of conversational exchange to facilitate a new thinking about your behaviours and motivations; a knowledge that enables you to make free choices in your life about how you want to be for yourself.
I work with individuals presenting with a range of difficulties which they find they need support to deal with. These issues have included (but are not restricted to):
depression; obsessions/compulsions; gender issues; sexuality; work problems; stress; recovery from abuse; self-harm; personality disorder; immigration; relationships.
Some people come with the issues they want to explore clear in their mind; others because they feel lost or confused; some because they feel a disappointment with their lives or because they may be having difficulties developing or maintaining sustaining friendships or relationships.
I offer a safe space in which a client can begin to understand the motivations and meanings behind their behaviour. The client dictates the pace of the work, how quickly and how deeply we go. I don't use complex jargon or obscure psychological terms but I work to help the client use their own language to understand their own experience. I am happy to do long-term work or to do short-term work focusing on specific issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and have been practicing as a therapist for ten years. My clinical work within the mental health services in the NHS, school environments and charity organisations has brought me into contact with adults, older people, young adults and children.
Experience in these settings has included working alongside patients who feel overwhelmed by losses, feel disconnected from the world around them, live in a state of heightened anxiety, are challenged by unwelcome thoughts that will not go away, struggle with bereavement, belonging and relationships.
I draw upon a range of different psychoanalytic and philosophical stances to inform my outlook, and have experience of working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
I believe psychotherapy should be as affordable and accessible to as broad a range of people as possible and so try to keep my fees as low as I can. I charge £30-£45 for a 50-minute session.I reserve a limited number of spaces for clients on low incomes, benefits or in education/training. In these cases, we can negotiate fees based on individual circumstances. Please get in touch to check current availability.
I am always delighted to chat or meet with people considering beginning therapy and to answer any questions or concerns they might have. To arrange a meeting why not e-mail me? Or phone and leave a message; I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
An initial consultation to meet and discuss working together is free.
In keeping with the ethical framework and as a way to enhance and maintain good practice I am in regular ongoing supervision and continuing professional development.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and some evening sessions available.
Types of client