Tristan Voice, UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
"There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain" (RD Laing)
If you are looking to find meaning in what troubles you, and are close to Chertsey, Weybridge, Woking, Staines or the surrounding areas, why not carry on reading.
I feel it important to highlight that my way of working is not one of shoehorning people into diagnostic categories and pathologising the human experience, which, in my view, opens up the potential for violent objectification rather than a collaborative thinking space.
People enter into therapy with many preconceived notions of what it means to 'have' depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and various other issues causing problems in living, and it would seem more fruitful to me to take these problems/labels for what they are and explore what they are attempting to express or conceal rather than medicalising a distressing set of circumstances and looking for a functional 'fix' to a situation that was bourne out of less than favourable circumstances that potentially the sufferer is not fully conscious of.
Psychotherapy/counselling offers a unique space for a particular type of conversation that may be different to the kinds you've experienced in everyday life with friends, family members and colleagues.
It brings about the opportunity, through the relationship between the therapist/counsellor and the person seeking therapy, to explore past and present experiences and patterns of behaviour, and to reflect on how they have impacted on the way you relate to yourself and the world around you, in order to find new meaning in your life.
People seek therapy for a variety of reasons ranging from feeling acutely distressed and ill at ease with the world or themselves, to feeling trapped by relationship or work issues and in need of change, and a space to talk through how this could come about.
Seeking therapy or counselling can be a daunting and unsettling task, prompting much stress and anxiety and requiring a leap into unknown territory, and it is understandable that you would want to make the right choice before making such a commitment. The first step is to recognise the need for something to change, whether that be a particular circumstance, or a particular outlook.
I have worked in various therapeutic fields in the Staines, Woking and Weybridge area for a number of years and am aware of local issues accessing services in times of need. Whether you decide to make contact with me or look elsewhere for a counsellor or therapist, I would emphasise the importance of choosing thoughtfully and mindfully, and looking through the pages of registering bodies such as UKCP/BACP/BPC.
If you feel you are ready to make a commitment, and are ready to think about seeking out a therapist or counsellor, have a look through these pages, and if you feel able to do so, contact me to arrange an initial consultation.
My psychotherapy practice is based in Chertsey, near Staines, Weybridge, Woking and surrounding areas, within easy reach of Junction 11 of the M25.