Personal Therapy in Hythe, Kent

The style of therapy that I offer draws on philosophy to help you reflect on life as you are currently experiencing it, to identify the parts of life that feel disruptive, painful or stuck, and help you work towards something personally meaningful.


In a nutshell, I believe that…

– There are often possibilities that we haven’t considered.

– Our past influences us, but cannot dictate who we are today, and who we are today, does not need to be who we are forever.

– There is no perfect way of living and we must each find a way that works best for us; trial and error is a given.

– We all have the capacity to live a rich and meaningful life and this is made more likely when we engage with our personal existence and accept responsibility for our part in it.

– We live in a world full of other beings and feeling connected to the life and systems around us is a fundamental part of being human.

The (slightly) Longer Version… 

I am an integratively trained therapist with a particular interest in existential and eco-therapeutic principles, philosophies, and ways of working. 

I would describe my model as phenomenological (focusing on your personal experiences, from your own perspective) and I actively avoid making assumptions about what life ‘should’ or ‘should not’ be like; after all, there is no one-size-fits-all. 

Some people are looking for a directive experience in therapy (solutions, techniques, and exercises) however, generally speaking, I don’t work in this way. Instead, I aim to support you in engaging with your life, helping you to accept the things that are unchangeable (givens) and embrace the opportunities for change (agency). I do not diagnose or pathologise and I believe that on some fundamental level, we are all doing our best to navigate an inherently complicated existence.

I don’t believe any one thing to be inherently more or less important that the other during the work and I work with my clients in finding the most helpful things to focus on during therapy, the focus of therapy is something to discuss in its own right!

I believe and anticipate that different people need different things and at different times, so I will happily co-construct the work to fit you and your needs. This means that we might agree on weekly sessions or decide to meet fortnightly, for example. I am happy to make suggestions, however, the choice is ultimately yours.

I typically offer long term work (30 session plus) and I enjoy supporting people who want to ‘unpack’ and make sense of their life and the possibilities that the future holds for them. Becuase I’m not typically goal oriented, I find that the style of therapy that I offer isn’t always helpful to people looking for a short-term arrangement.

I always encourage people to check that a therapist has formal training and is registered with a professional body. If you would like to confirm my professional status, you can click the button below:

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Ways We Can Work

Outdoor Therapy

Evening sessions fully booked, daytime availability only

This way of working is often described as less intense and is particularly suited to people who struggle to settle in a formal, face to face setting, or sometimes, simply love being outdoors.

Outdoor therapy is more than an extension of the traditional therapy space and takes the stance that the world (other people, birds, rocks, the sea) cannot be separated from the human experience and therefore, they are welcomed as part of the process.

I integrate all of these ideas within an existential approach to psychotherapy.

Indoor Therapy / Counselling

Evening sessions fully booked, daytime availability only

Sometimes, depending on the time of year, the weather is just a little too challenging for outdoor work; a client might prefer a more private, cosy setting; or there is simply a need to be indoors (all of these are ok!).

When working indoors we will be based in a confidential, bespoke therapy space in Hythe, Kent. We have access to a whiteboard and creative materials if that suits your way of working.

The majority of my work is outdoors, and therefore, regrettably, my indoor space is not wheelchair friendly. Please also note that there are no toilets available on-site.


Fees

Initial Session – £45

Standard Session – £60

Whilst I do offer concessions in some cases, my full fees are commensurate with the level and diversity of my experience.

Important Things To Know Before You Book

It is important for anyone looking to engage in a counselling service to understand the following service limitations:

  • Therapy is not a crisis service: if you feel you need frequent (more than once weekly) or out of hours support, you should contact your local GP for an appointment to discuss your needs. If you are feeling unsafe and are worried about harming yourself or another, you can visit your local GP/hospital or in an emergency, you can call 999.
  • Confidentiality in therapy is subject to the law: to find out about the limits to confidentiality in counselling, you should speak with your counsellor. Alternatively, you can find more information here: https://nationalcounsellingsociety.org/about-us/code-of-ethics
  • Counselling / Therapy are designed to support you in working through and coming to terms with difficult things, they can cannot: provide you with solutions; fix you; offer any kind of guaranteed change.