When you can’t sort out the difficulty or distress you are in psychotherapy or counselling can be a good idea.

In our first meeting I will give you a response to what it is that brings you to ask for help, and give you an idea of how your need may be met.   The meeting will help you decide whether you have found the right person for you.

Some of the problems with which I can help include depression, anxiety, panic, mid-life crises, obsessions, lack of spiritual fulfilment, not doing work that is appropriate to your ability, difficulty in getting into relationships, serious and complex ill and traumatised states including obsessive compulsive disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, the psychological and origins of physical illness.

For couples you may be in crisis and need help to find a way forward, a crisis caused by a power struggle, an affair, sexual problems, and/or lack of emotional intimacy. Sometimes we are stuck in a dead end of blame, weary of the same old arguments.   The problems you are suffering may well be the key to psychological growth that each of you needs.   So often the complaint we have about the other needs more understanding.

I work with individuals and couples and the variety of sexualities including heterosexual and gay and lesbian.

Finding the right therapist for you is important.   Personal recommendations are helpful. When that is not available meeting a potential therapist helps in making a decision, so please do make contact with me for an initial consultation.

Some people may want to know the difference between psychotherapy and counselling. Research shows that in any kind of talking cure it is the fit between the two human beings, client and therapist that is most important, more than the kind of therapist. The professional field consists of many different associations, what they have in common is that the foundation of their training is intensive personal therapy; understanding oneself is necessary to understanding others. Most psychotherapy trainings take place over four years with a further period of apprenticeship. Generally speaking counselling trainings are less intensive. But what matters for the clients is the on going, learning, integrity and creativity of the individual therapist or counsellor post-training, in a life long process of psychological and spiritual growth.

Judith Anderson has retired. August 2018