Challenges and change
Physis (/ˈfaɪˈsɪs/; Ancient Greek: φύσις [pʰýsis]) is a Greek theological, philosophical and scientific term translated into English as "nature".The nature of life is change. Challenges and change provide fantastic opportunities for growth and they can also bring anxiety, loss and deep uncertainty. It takes courage to recognise that sometimes life becomes too difficult to bear alone. Realising that you need help is a step in the right direction towards change and therefore, physis.
Sometimes we long for personal change that will release us from the same old struggles coming up again and again. Sometimes we cling to what is familiar, even if painful, just because it is better than the unknown. We have within us a unique model or blueprint for how we relate to and interact with other people.
Have you reached a point where you feel stuck and unsure of how to move forward? Perhaps aspects of your inner model may no longer feel useful or relevant and changes are needed. Whether you would like support for a specific issue, feel the need to make changes in your life or are looking for personal development, psychotherapy offers a safe and confidential space for you.
Psychotherapy can help you manage the difficulties that you face right now and also help you understand the roots of problems that keep you feeling stuck or caught up in a cycle of thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
Whatever worries you may have about your psychological health, we will look at your situation together and I will help you explore and clarify your issues and experiences. This can lead to new perspectives on your situation, an increased sense of personal choice and a richer connection with yourself and with others
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Although I work with a range of presentations, I have particular experience in substance dependency management, anger management, loss, bereavement, personality difficulties, anxiety, sexuality, trauma and relationship issues.
I can also help with work related issues such as performance, stress and identity to help you achieve your goals. For this, I also draw from my experience in Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy, to provide a rounded and holistic approach, which is unique to you.
My time working with Emma has been exhilarating, challenging, surprising and liberating. It was not easy to look at past relationships and unpick the complicated layers, examining the ways in which we are impacted by those closest to us. Delving deeper, discovering how we repeat so much of what we have absorbed and pass on both the positive and negative aspects of ourselves. I guess, for me, working with Emma, provided a safe environment, where I could disentangle myself, start to see who I was without the constrictions my relationships, particularly with my mum who died five years ago. In going through this hard process with Emma, I was able to land in a place where I could accept my mother’s flaws, love her for what she gave me as a mother and admire her, without resentment, as a woman in the world. This indeed was a gift. Emma helped me shut some windows and open doors to other, more peaceful and constructive adventures.
When I first approached Emma I was at one of the lowest points in my life. I knew I needed help but didn’t know where to start.
It hasn’t all been easy, being truly honest with yourself never is, but being challenged in unexpected ways and allowed to open up to feelings I’d repressed for far too long has helped me grow in ways I hadn’t thought possible.
Week by week I opened up a little more and with Emma’s insights and guidance helped me to spot destructive patterns of behaviour and the reasons that drove me to act that way in the first place.
I can’t thank you enough for the work we’ve done, I know it’s a bit cliché, but you don’t realise how far you’ve come until you look back… but only because it’s true.
I’m definitely one of those people that thought I’d never get therapy, but I’m now so glad I’ve given my mental health an MOT with Emma.
I was always able to speak freely and authentically whilst Emma seamlessly broke everything down, dug deeper into each topic with sensitivity and purpose, and helped me get to the roots of all the issues we covered.
Since seeing Emma I have achieved all the goals I set out to accomplish, one of which was to finally set up my own business. I don’t think I would have done this without Emma’s help. Thank you!
It is no exaggeration to say that Emma has had a real and noticeable impact on me and my life. She has helped me begin to understand how my mind works, how my past has affected me in so many ways and how I can try to approach my future. Emma has helped me connect dots I didn’t even know may be connected.
I had never seen a therapist before and was worried at first about what it would be like. Emma challenged me and my expectations from the outset, which threw me off initially and made me a bit uncertain, but really paid off in the long run. I would hand on heart recommend Emma to others looking for an excellent therapist.
Emma has been very helpful bringing some internal issues to the forefront. It has not been an easy process but her perseverance has kept me engaged and stimulated me to push through it.
I now have a better understanding of myself and feel something has changed in me that I want to continue developing.
I would recommend Emma to all my friends and acquaintances if they were looking for a therapist.
I was nervous at my first meeting with Emma. However by the end of that first session, I realised that Emma was someone that I could work with. She put me at ease and was easy to talk to.
Emma has helped me so much. I’ve been able to move forward with things in my life that I never would have been able to achieve without her help and dedication to me as a client. I will always be indebted to her!
Staying true to her desire to help others, Emma combines her years of experience working in Human Resources Management, together with her professional training as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, and Relational Psychotherapist to facilitate wholeness and transformation of the self.
Emma tailors her therapy to meet individual needs and provides a safe, secure, confidential and supportive environment to successfully facilitate transformation, helping her clients to experience that sense of awareness and freedom to make life choices.
I found Emma’s’ skill and professionalism exceptional. She ensures you have the space to work through things, whilst at the same time giving you a feeling of safety and security. I highly recommend Emma as a therapist.
I came to Emma with a history of a husband who had died 5 years previously in tragic circumstances. I still had unresolved feelings of guilt surrounding his death.
I was also having difficulties moving on with a new partner and difficulties with my grown children who had become very unhappy that I was moving on with life and felt they were being ‘ousted’.
I found I could confide totally in Emma and she was very supportive. She helped me see that certain issues were the responsibility of others not mine. I had lost ‘me’ in all the tragedy and had lost my ‘voice’. With Emma’s support and direction I learnt to see issues from others
prospective. I also learnt how I might best manage people close to me. I ‘learnt’ it was acceptable to draw boundaries and that I was entitled to a happy life.
My relationship with my grown children is now far better in fact we’re happy again. My relationship with my partner is progressing and I am now much more vocal about how I feel and what I want. I no longer feel ‘downtrodden’ and I feel stronger to deal with any issues that arise.
I’m very pleased with the secure and trusting relationship I built up with Emma and the great support I received from her.
During a very difficult moment in my adult life, I found Emma online at the counselling directory and read up on her qualifications and reviews.
Emma made it very comfortable to access and discuss my emotions, insecurities and areas of my personality I wasn’t comfortable or happy with during a breakdown in a relationship.
Emma was firm, fair, great at listening and professional at all times. I found the entire process a huge release from day to day stress as well a period of a breakdown in a relationship.
I would recommend Emma to anyone going through any kind of difficulty to engage in her therapy.
When you make an enquiry about therapy, we will discuss your reasons for seeking therapy, details of your current situation or your goals. I can provide further information to help you reach a decision, including information on how I practice, my availability fees and insurance options.
The next step is for us to meet in person for a consultation. Meeting face to face for a consultation gives you the chance to form an impression of whether you would feel comfortable talking to me and whether I am likely to be able to help. Like sessions, a consultation lasts 50 minutes.
The next step is around agreeing what our work will focus on and how long it might take. We may agree to a fixed number of sessions, which will vary depending on your goals for therapy but a typical agreement would be for between 8 and 12 weekly sessions.
Alternatively, you may be interested in open-ended exploratory psychotherapy. In this case, we would agree to review our work at regular intervals. Sessions are held weekly, at the same time, although in certain instances this can be varied.