Happiness is not the lack of sadness. It is the result of being fulfilled with life. Of course, life is not perfect and things happen but it is in how we live our lives that we determine everything about how we feel - in the moment and long-term.
Instead of asking you how you feel or if you're happy, I'm going to ask you a question that sounds like it should be simple to answer. Is your live giving you what you feel like you want? And let's go one step farther. Does it look like you are going to be where you want to be in a year or two?
Perhaps things are great. If they are, you're already doing so many things right that you might not even know about. If not, let's see what we can do to make your life look more like what you want it to be and plan for a future that will give you happiness, fulfillment, and a healthy mind.
What I have done is to bring together my experience in all of these areas to change the way mental health treatment is being delivered to you. That doesn't mean I have all the answers to your life's questions but it means that my approach is first, foremost, and always to start with what you need from your life and help you to find some options that will bring you closer to those needs.
That means far less time going through the motions of traditional therapeutic methods like CBT, DBT, or NLP, although there are certainly benefits to an understanding of the mind's approach to neurolinguistic development, none of these are either effective or comprehensive.
You may have heard of such techniques as psychodynamic therapy or psychoanalytic therapy. These are two very powerful methods of dealing with mental health issues but they both have one underlying problem. Quite simply, they tend to deal with far more of your past than your present and future and, while that doesn't make them ineffective, it makes them inefficient. And for someone who is struggling with trying to create a better life, every day without improvement feels like a day where life is getting worse.
So we start from where you are, look at where you want to be, and deal with where you've been as and when it becomes necessary, rather than starting from the past, moving to the present, and hoping for a better future once everything has been sorted out. As you can imagine, this is quite a different approach to what you may have read about as "what to expect from psychotherapy" or what you have experienced with other therapists. What they're doing is not necessarily wrong, bad, or ineffective. If they're using one of these methods, it is quite possible that it will help you. I strongly believe that my approach will help you more effectively and more permanently but you are welcome to make that judgment for yourself.
While listing all potential therapies that I may use, with your assistance, is an impossible task, this is a short list of my most commonly used treatments. Of course, this would depend on the individual patient and the plan that we make together in your assessment and throughout your treatment to continue to provide you with the best possible outcomes.
- neurolinguistic programming
- psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy (classical talk therapy)
- counseling therapy (modern talk therapy)
- eye movement desensitization reprogramming (EMDR)
- mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
- havening (delta-wave cohesive energy therapy)
These are the seven most common among my current and past patients but the treatment is as personal and unique as the patient and the goal. We would certainly not be restricted to these types of therapeutic work but it provides a starting point.
A good question, indeed, and one that I am often asked. My background primarily is in young adult traumatic recovery. I treat people typically between the ages of 18 and 30 who have had a traumatic experience. That doesn't mean that my approach won't work for you if you're younger than 18 or older than 30. It also doesn't mean that I will only take new patients who have experienced a traumatic experience. But you did ask about my particular area of study and that's what it is.
Additionally, however, I have a background in relaxation techniques including energy medicine, meditation, yoga, and hypnotic therapy. This means that I will happily look at treating you for such things as fear, anger, sadness and depressive thoughts, body image and gender dysphoria, grief, and dissociation. That's a short list of the things that we could possibly work on together but the best determiner of what we could do is to simply contact me and talk about it. If you don't ask questions, there's no hope of finding answers. Once you do, they may be far closer than you imagined.
This is far from a comprehensive list of mental health areas in which I treat but it will give you a starting point to see if I am potentially a good match for your needs. I treat across a wide area of areas as I have specialized not in one type of health but in the needs of a particular age band, that of young adults. As such, this list, while abbreviated, is still quite lengthy.
- anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder, panic, phobia, paranoia, stress)
- addiction (drug & alcohol addiction, recovery, relapse prevention)
- wellbeing and attention (ADHD, mindfulness, self-esteem, gender dysphoria, meditation, hypnosis, relationships, sleep, anger management)
- pain (chronic pain, recovery from physical trauma)
- post-traumatic stress (PTSD, trauma, sexual assault recovery, hypnotic regression)
- depression (bipolar disorder/major depressive disorder)
- motherhood (peri/post-natal mental health issues)
- autism spectrum (ASD, high-functioning autism, Asperger's Syndrome)
- intelligence (testing, creativity, social integration)
If you believe that you may have issues in any or some of these areas, please contact me for a consultation. If you do not see what you are looking for, perhaps I can still provide you assistance but I would ask that you contact me with a description of what you are seeking so that I may provide you with an answer as to whether a consultation may or may not be worth seeking or, if I cannot assist you, a recommendation of who specializes in such treatment in the local area.
As with many who provide services in mental health, I began my studies in a creative field. My first degree was a Joint Bachelor of Arts in Russian Literature and French Literature. I concurrently completed a Joint Bachelor of Science (albeit one semester later) in Pure Mathematics and Physics. I further went on to complete an MD and an Associate's Degree with the Royal College of Music. At graduate school, I completed an MA in Clinical Psychology, an MPhil in English Creative Writing, and an MSc in Pure Mathematics. Following this, I completed my qualifications as a secondary school educator before acquiring my PhD in Neurology (Applied Neuropsychiatry). If this appears as if I have spent the majority of my life in research academia, this would be quite correct. I have practised throughout my studies and it has now been fourteen years since I qualified in Clinical Psychology. I believe that continued study and research are vital to improve the understanding necessary to give patients the best treatment possible.