No. 4 : From a lesser-known Ancient Greek philosopher...
“I get most of my exercise these days shaking my head in disbelief”
— EPIDEMICLES (470-399 BC)
I’ve worked as a counsellor and therapist in Cambridge for over 20 years, offering conversational, creative, challenging and encouraging therapy for adults. Having studied different counselling methods — both traditional and experimental — I’m versatile in my approach to sensitive personal and social issues and how they can be resolved. People from minority groups are very welcome.
Honest therapeutic dialogue
There are several contrasting “modalities” and “brands” in the counselling and therapy field. I integrate powerful ideas from most of them. But what I value more than any particular psychological theory or counselling technique is being able to provide my clients with a reliable, meaningful, supportive and ethically confidential relationship through honest face-to-face therapeutic dialogue. Good counselling and therapy is rooted in a certain relational stance by the counsellor or therapist that’s hard to describe, but it definitely involves genuine attentiveness, candour, intelligent listening and reflection.
Due to the current state of the epidemic, I'm providing all sessions online
• Weekly sessions in Cambridge are on Tues, Weds and Thursdays
• Counselling/therapy appointments are at 09:30, 11:00, 14:30, 16:00
• My fee is £60 (£90 for couples/pairs) for each one-hour session
• Located in south Cambridge near M11 and A10 (see map)
• Unrestricted parking on quiet residential street
• Comfortable ground-floor private consulting room
• Call 01223 846884 or email me (all messages are confidential)
Counsellors and therapists don’t always make a clear distinction but many tend to see counselling as short-term (a few weeks) and mainly ‘problem-solving’, and many regard therapy as long-term (at least a year or two) and ‘life-changing’. But effective counselling can go on for months, and good therapy can be very brief. So in actual practice there isn’t much difference. (A cautionary note: in some contexts the words ‘therapy’ and ‘psychotherapy’ mean psychoanalysis. Seeing an analyst is not the same as seeing a counsellor.)
Reducing emotional overload
Feeling burdened with negative feelings seems to be the main reason why many people — at any stage in life — decide to seek personal therapy or anger management counselling with a suitable therapist. Relationship difficulties, problematic anger and anxiety, loss of confidence, sudden low moods, corrosive emotions like jealousy, bitterness and guilt — these are the sorts of issues counselling can help with. In my experience, such perennial human problems might not be resolved exactly, but more usefully ‘dis-solved’, in one way or another.
Increasing emotional depth
I also see people who aren’t necessarily struggling with tough personal problems but who are asking big questions of themselves and their relationships. Periods of great change or uncertainty can be grim yet also growthful. Some of my clients feel the need to enrich their self-knowledge and re-invigorate their sense of direction — in their personal ‘inner’ life as well as the wider world. I offer experimental therapeutic dialogue, incorporating ideas from philosophical and spiritual traditions, to help bring about a more soulful and meaningful way of living. At a time when ecological, political and societal systems are in crisis, our deepest individual human emotions — anger, grief, sorrow — become vital resources for collective resilience. Read more.
BACP Registered and Accredited Independent Counsellor and Supervisor working with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. Professional supervision for counsellors and therapists. All counselling, therapy and anger management sessions are held by appointment only at 8 Sefton Close, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9HY