I help LGBTQ+ people live their happiest life with confidence and pride beyond coming out.
I am a HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist specialising in LG8TQ+ mental health, trauma and chronic pain.
Coming out can be a distressing experience. I’m here to help you heal from the distress often associated with coming out and to help you live your life, authentically as yourself.
LGBTQ+ psychologists can be difficult to find, so if you’re looking for an affirming therapist who provides LGBTQ+ support, you’ve found him! I provide therapy online to LGBTQ+ people all over the world.
Although I am trained in several types of therapy, I am currently focusing my clinical practice on delivering EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). This is a therapeutic approach drawing upon neuroscience to help you process traumatic experiences, both big and small.
This approach was initially developed to help people with PTSD, but there is a growing body of research literature to support its use with other challenges too. In EMDR we stimulate the left and right hemispheres of the brain, through bilateral stimulation to help you process distressing memories.This enables your brain to get those memories “unstuck”, something it is unable to do itself due to how traumatic memories get stored in our brains.
In our initial sessions, we will explore current day triggers that leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed, and reflect on how you would like your life to be in the future and develop therapy goals around this. Together, we will then explore past experiences, that were stressful or traumatic which have led to past memories getting stuck, in your memory networks. EMDR therapy will help you process these blocks, enabling the brains natural healing, so this becomes part of your narrative memory, in the past.
I’ll provide LGBTQ+ support in an affirming therapeutic way that emphasises your ability to move beyond your challenges so that you can live your life with confidence and pride.
This is for you if
You are able to set time aside in your life at the moment to focus on your wellbeing
You are motivated to make changes to your life
You are open to sharing the issues that are bringing you to therapy with me
You have good support networks around you or are willing to explore how this could be developed if this is not present
You are willing to tolerate a degree of emotional distress in the short term
This may not be for you if
You are currently attending a course of therapy with another therapist
You are actively suicidal, and have had a recent suicide attempt in the last 12 months
You have had a recent inpatient stay due to your mental health
You are currently dependent on substances as a coping strategy
You are experiencing psychosis or severe dissociative symptoms
One-to-One EMDR Therapy
This treatment will deliver EMDR therapy over 1-2 sessions per week, ranging from 60-90 minute treatment sessions. This is often a good frequency that you can schedule around your other weekly commitments.
EMDR Therapy Intensive
This is a bespoke treatment, normally delivered over a couple of days. It will enable you to gain faster access to the benefits of EMDR therapy, and to reduce the distress associated with your presenting difficulties.
Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to start EMDR therapy. What are the next steps?
Please book in for an initial consultation to discuss what you would like support with.
I don’t want EMDR therapy, but would like to access therapy with you. Is there an alternative?
Although I am mainly focusing on delivering EMDR therapy, as a psychologist I’m trained in several different types of therapy. If you are not looking EMDR, but a different approach drop me and email and we can get a call set up to discuss your needs.
How many sessions will I need to attend?
The number of sessions will depend on the issues that you’re bringing to therapy. However, normally people will attend an average between 8 to 12 sessions of therapy.
I am already attending therapy with somebody else, can I still an attend therapy with you?
It is not advisable to be working with two therapists at the same time.
I need help with my medication. Can you help me with this?
I am not able to prescribe medication, but I can help you in accessing support from your health care provider around this.
Is it normal to be feeling anxious about therapy?
This is really common, and I hear this a lot from the clients I work with, so you are not alone in this experience.
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