DR JACK PSYCHOLOGY
A Warm Welcome!!
Seeking help is not an easy thing to do but generally once the first session is over, people tell me they are surprised by how easy they found it to talk.
If you have had difficulties you are not quite sure how to resolve or understand or you simply find yourself facing the same problems repeatedly in life, therapy may be helpful for you.
It can be hard to open up and be vulnerable with people who know you well. Speaking to someone impartial, outside of your close circle can help. I am here to listen, not to judge and to create a therapeutic space where you can feel safe and heard. You can find out more about how I work on the 'about me' page.
Should I be coming to therapy?
There are no hard rules about who should be coming to therapy. Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about your relationships or notice recurring patterns. You may be having difficulty at work, trouble managing intense emotions, or just feel that you aren't living the life you want to lead. People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons. I am a strong believer in therapy being for all. You don't need to be really "unwell" to come to therapy. Sometimes we just need someone to listen, and support us to get us through a difficult period in our lives. We all have minds just like we all have bodies and sometimes those minds, just like our bodies, can suffer injury or fatigue and we need to address it and nurture it in the same way you would nurse a physical wound. It's ok not to be ok.
Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support.
What to expect from therapy
Therapy is a collaborative process of self-discovery. In my sessions I will spend the first 3 or more sessions getting to really know your life story so we can create and accurate understanding of what caused your difficulties and what may be keeping them going. We will create a formulation which is like a road map of your difficulties and will help us to set goals and think about the best way to move forward. Sometimes it will be about listening, reflecting and helping you to process emotions in a difficult time, other times you may want techniques, structure or guidance. For example, if we are using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), you may be asked to work on some home practice exercises such as mood or thought diaries, practising relaxation strategies or behavioural exercises.
I have the knowledge professional experience to help guide you but ultimately it is a collaborative relationship which will involve input and commitment from yourself also. I recommend coming weekly or fortnightly as a minimum. I am not going 'to fix' you but I can certainly help you understand and manage reactions better and perhaps become more at peace with your difficulties. Generally people tell me that just talking can help them gain clarity.
What kind of therapy do I need?
We will use the first few sessions and assessment to decide on the plan and method that feels right for you. I work in an integrative way, which means I integrate different methods and theories based on what fits your unique situation. You can read more about my style of working on the "about me" page. Each person is unique and no one size fits all. Some sessions therefore may be less directive and some more so depending on what we are working with. I will gather regular feedback to make sure you feel it is the right fit for you. Additionally it is my job to keep you on track towards your goals so we may have to review at times to make sure this is happening. There are some difficulties which have particular evidence-based interventions such as CBT that I might recommend but ultimately if it doesn't feel like the right fit for you we won't do it.
Please contact me below to ask any further questions you have.
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”