Hi, my name’s Ed, I’m a Therapist working in Twickenham, West London, and online nationally. I work with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties from many different backgrounds, everyone’s story and reason for coming to therapy are different but all are equal.
I offer both long and short term individual therapy, generally the length of therapy is something that we would consider in our first session. In the case of longer term therapy we would frequently review as the therapy progresses to consider what work remains and when might it be appropriate to conclude therapy.
The model of therapy that I offer draws primarily on psychodynamic and person-centred theory, focusing on the therapeutic relationship while we work together, providing a safe space to be able to think about what has brought you to therapy and offering you time to reflect on how you might begin to move forward.
Dependent on what brings you to therapy now, I can also draw on specific types of therapy and have training in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness should we both feel any of these approaches would be relevant to our work together.
EMDR is particularly useful when working with someone who has experienced trauma and may have difficulty speaking about what has happened because it causes them to have flashbacks or to become overwhelmed. EMDR is a way of reducing the intensity of flashbacks and the emotions associated with traumatic memories without necessarily needing to talk about it, it works by helping someone process what has happened to them.
However if someone feels unsafe day to day it can be helpful to learn new ways of coping in the here and now before we consider doing any other work. In this case Dialectical Behaviour Therapy can be really useful. DBT is quite a practical therapy, which helps people to build a life worth living by learning skills to address what might be getting in the way. Over the course of therapy people learn to develop skills around distress tolerance (crisis skills), interpersonal effectiveness (people and communication skills), emotion regulation (how to manage strong feelings) and mindfulness (which helps us to stay present rather than getting stuck in the past or anxious about the future).
Generally DBT is offered by a group of therapists rather than one, which is why it’s often hard to access outside of the NHS, also it’s not usually a type of therapy that Counsellors or Psychotherapists train in.
The reason that DBT is offered as a group therapy is due to the evidence base. When Marsha Linehan developed the therapy the best outcomes where seen when people learnt skills in a group setting which is how most Community Mental Health Teams have gone on to offer the therapy. However people can still do well learning skills on a one to one basis, if they are not able or ready to join a group, it may just take longer and needs adapting. Typically full provision DBT involves three parts, weekly Skills Group, weekly Individual session and phone coaching in-between. As an individual practitioner I offer DBT informed weekly sessions.
What to expect in the first session?
The initial session, is slightly different from subsequent sessions because it involves some degree of assessment. It is a time for us to discuss your current difficulties and try to build a picture of what has brought you to therapy, during this session I will ask a range of questions to assess if therapy is currently the best option for you and how we might proceed should you feel that we are a good fit.
When could we meet?
I practice on Monday, Thursday and Friday daytime.
I offer online appointments on Monday and Thursday and face to face appointments on Friday in Twickenham.
Currently I have no face to face vacancies, however I do have limited availability for online work.
In line with current government guidance and the guidance of my professional body I will not be returning to face to face work in the near future. This is primarily to maintain your safety and due to the requirement that face masks be worn in premises providing professional services (which counselling and psychotherapy fall under).
£40 Initial Assessment
£65 Individual Therapy
£65 Online Individual Therapy (via Zoom)
£65-85 EMDR Therapy 50-75 minute session
£150 Critical Incident Debriefing – 90 minute group session on site or online (groups of more than 10 people will usually require a co-facilitator at an additional cost please contact for further details)
Critical Incident Debriefing sessions can be arranged on an as required basis.
Some concessions are available. Separate fee’s apply to third party organisations.