What sort of issues do you work with?


Work Issues
Bereavement   Relationship difficulties
Low self-esteem   The Big Picture
Isolation   Obsessive behaviour

What is a Relational Integrative approach to psychotherapy?

To a large extent the work is guided by the material that you choose to share in the room. The relational integrative approach that we use blends theory and techniques from the Humanistic (Person-Centred), Relational Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) schools of Psychotherapy.


In the sessions, there is no magic, no hocus pocus. We strive to really listen to your story and to understand your position. We listen for patterns in your story and if appropriate offer you an alternative perspective that might enable you to gain a new understanding of your story ... or yourself ... or both. We are particularly interested in your relationships ... to yourself, to those who have helped to shape your personality, those around you, the wider world and the counselling relationship as we work together.


The integrative approach looks to utilise creative techniques such as artwork, poetry, music, dreams, guided imagery all of which can help to reveal aspects of your story that is hidden in your subconscious. Additionally meditative techniques can be useful to combat the symptoms of a wide range of issues.


That said, these are your sessions and your journey, so you are always in control of the direction we take and the vehicle we use to get there.

How many sessions will I need?

Each session lasts 50 minutes and usually sessions occur at the same time each week. Every person is different and as a result each person will need a different number of sessions to work through their issues. That said the following statistics about my client work might help you to appreciate that I attempt to work in a timely manner:


As of October 2011:

  • 93% of my clients return after an initial session.
  • On average my clients work for 7 sessions.
  • 76% of my clients complete their work in 6 sessions or less
  • 87% complete their work in 12 sessions or less.
  • I also have experience of working with clients in a long term approach.


How confidential is the process?

The confidentiality policy of Sunflower is guided by the ethical framework of the BACP.

How do I get started?

To arrange an appointment contact us by phone or email. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.