In meeting you, I would first need to learn about your main concerns and reasons for seeking an appointment. I would also want to learn something about your life, background and personality, so that together we could develop a larger picture in which to view your concerns. We would typically start with psychological assessment in the first session or two, usually involving interviewing, history-taking, and one or more standardized psychometric questionnaires.
From assessment we would move on to psychological treatment. I draw from two general approaches: psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Both of these address current personal issues, and have been supported in scientific research.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy emphasizes personal meaning, insight, and the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Personal history, including childhood experiences and relationships, and unconscious psychological processes, make important contributions to current patterns of perception, thought, emotion, behaviour and relationships in adulthood.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy, or CBT, also emphasizes personal meaning. CBT focuses on the importance of thoughts and beliefs which affect patterns of emotion, behaviour and relationships.
General Psychological Services
- Low self-esteem or self-confidence
- Anxiety and panic
- Relationship and interpersonal challenges
- Nicotine or alcohol dependence
- Psychological trauma (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD) or reactions to traumatic situations such as injuries or accidents
- Chronic pain
- Sleep disturbance
- Reactions or adjustment to health conditions e.g. heart disease, diabetes, COPD
- Reducing psychological and behavioural risk factors related to chronic disease