DR SIMON WHALLEY
Counselling and Psychotherapy
As they both involve talking about highly personal issues I see the words counselling and psychotherapy as interchangeable. I work using a variety of therapeutic models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person-Centred and Existential approaches. However, perhaps more importantly, I see every client as unique and I will adapt my approach to suit you and your difficulties.
I view ourselves as constant works-in-progress and understand that sometimes we become stuck in life and unable to find ways forwards. We will work together to discover which approach or approaches best suit you in order to help you become unstuck from your current situation. Fundamentally, counselling and psychotherapy is about creating a safe space in which to collaboratively work through your difficulties. I aim to do this from the start of our very first meeting.
Depending on your reasons for seeking therapy I can work with you on a short-term basis or for more open-ended, longer-term work.
As a counselling psychologist I try to avoid purely focusing on any mental health diagnosis that may have been applied by the medical profession. I understand how stigmatising these labels can be for some people. Instead I will work with you to best understand how your current difficulties impact on your life, and work with you to help navigate your way through these issues.