What I Offer

Face-to-Face Therapy:
Most people are familiar with traditional in-person counselling I offer face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy from my room in Rest Restore and Relax Clinic in Kirkbymoorside.

As with most types of therapy, we would generally meet at a mutually agreed time on a weekly basis. These sessions enable you to explore your feelings in relaton to various aspects of your life. I would also encourage you to talk about these freely and openly in a way that is not always possible with friends or family. When feelings such as anger, grief, anxiety, and embarrassment are not expressed, they can become very intense, leading to further stress and anxiety.

I offer a safe confidential space where you can fully explore any issues you may have at a comfortable pace. Counselling offers the possibility of making issues easier to understand.

By looking at your options openly, it can help you decide how best you move forward. By meeting on a weekly basis, it gives you time in-between sessions to reflect on what we've explored and prioritise what you want to work on in the next session.
Online Therapy:
What is online therapy?
Online therapy uses an online platform, accessible via smartphone, tablet or computer. Online therapy adopts many of the same approaches as Face-to-Face therapy. The main difference is that, instead of sitting in a room with me, your sessions happen via video calls such as Zoom or Teams.

Some advantages over traditional therapy mean therapy is more convenient, saves time and expenditure on travel. Some people report finding it easier to open up in a virtual setting from the comfort of their own home.

How effective is online therapy?
There’s growing evidence that online therapy is just as effective as traditional, face-to-face therapy for many of the most common mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, and addiction.

A recent metastudy found online therapy was “more effective than face-to-face therapy at reducing depression symptom severity” with “no significant differences between the two interventions on participant satisfaction, meaning ”online therapy platform can be just as effective as in-person therapy."

Other studies demonstrate that the “working alliance” (a partnership between a therapist and their client as they work together) is just as effective in online settings as in traditional ones. Participants suggest that many of them felt more at ease with virtual sessions.

Is online therapy right option for me?
Online therapy may not be for everyone. If you have been previously diagnosed with a serious mental illness, such as severe depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, you should seek Face-to-Face therapy. If you currently experience or have previously experienced a desire to harm yourself or others, online therapy is not advisable.
Walk and Talk therapy:
Is a concept of “taking the traditional counselling session outdoors.”

Walk-and-talk therapy maximises our local surroundings to improve well-being, by walking along local footpaths and appreciating nature during the session.  

Benefits of walk-and-talk therapy:

Walk and talk therapy can be beneficial for people who thrive in nature, but don't have the opportunity to get outside very often. Therapeutic conversations in nature either while walking or sitting, or both, add a unique and positive dynamic to the experience.

Outdoor counselling is a good option for those who may feel a little anxious or claustrophobic inside.  For people who are uncomfortable with the intensity of eye contact, walk-and-talk therapy removes this awkwardness.
Metastudy: 2023 May;39:100530.doi: 10.1016/j.edurev.2023.100530. Epub 2023 Mar 21

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