Hi, my name is Dylan and I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialising in adult psychotherapy. I have 10 years experience in private practice working with people who suffer from anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss, stress, trauma, disconnection, and relationship difficulties. I offer a friendly and down-to-earth approach to therapy, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to talk. With training and experience in the main evidence-based psychotherapies, I am able to work in a flexible and collaborative way, tailoring therapy to the specific needs of the person I see. I have training and experience in the main evidence-based psychotherapeutic modalities: psychodynamic, humanistic/person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy. Integrating the theory and techniques of these different approaches enables a therapist to tailor psychotherapy to the particular needs of the client. This approach may take the form of intensive, time-limited therapy for someone experiencing intense distress, in order to help them regain a sense of emotional balance. At other times, integrative psychotherapy may involve medium to long-term work which is more explorative in nature, and may be better suited to understanding more deep-seated emotional difficulties and troubling relationship patterns. Therapy with a focus on emotion While therapies that focus on changing thoughts and behaviour can be helpful, there is a growing emphasis in psychotherapy research on the importance of working with emotion. You may have had an experience where you felt as if you had a good intellectual understanding of a problem yet it was still difficult to change; intellectual insight is not the same as emotional insight. Focusing on emotions in therapy, we would work together to put feelings into words, bringing clarity to emotions that are threatening, confusing or contradictory. A space to explore emotions can help you to better recognise problematic patterns in relationships, uncover meaning, and importantly, enable you to discover options that had not been clear before.
I also have a special interest in helping people who struggle with feelings of shame, an emotion which often plays a hidden but pervasive role in a wide range of psychological distress, especially depression and trauma.