About therapy

The reasons people seek therapy are often very varied. Some of the most common are depression, anxiety, grief, anger, stress, lacking confidence, wanting greater self-awareness, relationship and career struggles, or generally feeling dissatisfied with the way things are.

But you may not be sure what's wrong, just that you don’t feel great.  Emotional distress shows itself in many different ways...in feeling tired, drained, confused, irritable, low in motivation and energy, having difficulty sleeping and feeling a bit out of control or stuck.  

Talking is a powerful tool in itself, it creates clarity and understanding.  But therapy with me also offers the chance to learn new ways of approaching difficult experiences and emotions.  My approach uses the insights from both Existential Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

What is Existential Therapy?

Existential therapy is a philosophical approach that explores human difficulties through the lens of our shared human experience. 

From this point of view, whilst life can be full of wonder and joy, we also have to navigate certain conflicts and struggles…and it is in working with the struggle rather than against it that we can live well.

Existential therapy can help you to…

·      Create meaning and purpose in your life

·      Make positive choices in the face of uncertainty

·      Explore and live by your values

·      Use anxiety as signpost for change

·      Navigate relationships with courage

·      And use the knowledge of mortality to enhance the present

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Where Existential therapy is philosophical, CBT is practical.  And for this reason they make a powerful combination.  CBT helps people to see how their way of perceiving and interpreting events in their lives affects their feelings and actions.  But also provides great techniques to help people gain new experiences, change unhelpful patterns and manage their emotions.

CBT can help you to…

·      Regulate and manage emotions

·      Change unhelpful cycles of behaviour

·      Understand why you do what you do

·      Increase your self-confidence

·      Live by your strengths not your weaknesses

·      Take action in the face of fear

WHAT IS EXISTENTIAL COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY?

A powerful integration of philosophical enquiry and practical techniques.  This will give you the confidence to change what you can change, accept and navigate what you can't and live life according to what's important to you.

 

 
  • Therapy with Alice has been a very empowering experience and has vastly improved the quality of my life
    — therapy client
  • it's almost as if I've stopped treading water and learned how to float with minimum effort
    — therapy client
  • For the first time in 10 years i feel confident in my own ability to manage my emotions
    — therapy client
  • you had a brilliant way of helping me understand the things that puzzled me
    — therapy client
  • I can now give myself a break and not torture myself over negative emotions, I know where they come from and I know how to control them
    — Therapy client
  • through meeting with Alice I was able to gain perspective and rationalise my feelings
    — thearpy client
  • The blend of cognitive behavioural therapy with an existential approach worked really well for me, helping me make sense of my situation and giving me tools to help reshape my thoughts and behaviours
    — therapy client
  • Alice is very honest and straight talking, in a good way
    — therapy client
  • somehow she always managed to say the right thing that i needed to hear at exactly the right time. I felt very understood and she never made me feel like a crazy person - in fact the opposite!
    — therapy client
  • I think so often in life people don't know the true impact they have had on others, so I wanted you to know how grateful i am for the time i spent with you in therapy
    — therapy client