Therapy gives you the unusual opportunity to express your private thoughts and feelings spontaneously, uncensored, and without risk or judgement. Within a confidential, therapeutic space, you can explore these parts of yourself truthfully with another. The therapist is there to listen to you, without a personal agenda, and help deepen your insight into your subjective experience. This exceptional form of human contact enables you to understand yourself better – your thoughts, emotions and behaviour – and begin to change.
How I work
A growing body of research into successful therapy has shown that a good relationship between client and therapist is the essential factor. This relationship is at the heart of Relational Transactional Analysis, the discipline in which I am trained. In an atmosphere of safety, clients can explore and confront difficult feelings and experiences and gain the confidence that they will survive them.
At times, I will use our relationship to help you understand other relationships in your life, past and present. Some of our work together will focus on the here-and-now. At other times, we may explore how past experiences affect you in the present. You can expect the sessions to be client-led and collaborative – they may at times be challenging, but you are always in control of what you share.
My experience has taught me that each person’s therapeutic needs differ. I therefore work flexibly and creatively, tailoring my approach to what you need from counselling. I draw upon a variety of disciplines and therapeutic tools: I incorporate elements of body psychotherapy and mindfulness, paying attention to your somatic (physical) experiences, as well as to your thoughts and feelings; I adopt techniques from the creative therapies, such as art or drama therapy, as tools for exploring painful experiences from a safe distance; I am also heavily influenced by the person-centred tradition, which emphasises congruence, non-judgement and empathy as the core conditions of the therapeutic relationship.
I offer weekly or twice-weekly sessions, each session lasting 50 minutes. I am available to see adults for both time-limited and longer-term therapy.
Qualification and professional membership
I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Distinction) from the Metanoia Institute and a Foundation Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework. I am therefore committed to my own personal development as a practitioner: I attend regular clinical supervision to support my work and am in my fifth year of an MSc/Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I am also a member of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and the International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis (IARTA).
If you would like to arrange an initial session, please email me on: [email protected] or call/text me on 07985 676316.
For further information, please visit my website: www.emilywhitepsychotherapy.com.