I use an integrative approach to my work, using psychodynamic psychotherapy, but also cognitive behavioural therapy and other models of therapy where needed.

Psychotherapy is the practice of alleviating psychological distress through talking rather than drugs; indeed, it is often referred to as 'talking therapy'. Psychologists specialising in psychotherapy work with a wide range of problems which can affect a person's well being, work, relationships and other aspects of their daily lives.

Psychotherapy is a personal process, what happens in your own psychotherapy process will be unique to you. I see most people for weekly appointments, at the same time, and sessions last from 50 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Sessions are confidential and I adhere to a code of ethics, which requires that your privacy be respected. Psychotherapy does not involve medication, although some people are taking anti-depressants prescribed by their GP when they begin.

Some people require shorter term work whilst other people will want longer term work to address issues that need in depth therapy. Initially I will undertake an assessment of your needs and we will then discuss the kind of therapy that will be most suitable for you.

Psychodynamic therapy - focuses on the ways early experiences in family relationships can affect our development and well being throughout life. Such experiences can have a profound effect on our sense of self that is largely unconscious. I work with individuals to understand and ameliorate distress that is rooted in early experience.

Cognitive and cognitive-behavioural therapy - focuses on how we learn to think and behave. Psychological distress can be related to patterns of thinking and behaviour that cause difficulties and I work with clients to identify these patterns and change them.

Humanistic and person-centred approaches - focuses on the conditions that affect our sense of self and the ways we feel about and value ourselves. Distress can be linked to a lack of self-worth and therapists often work with clients to understand how they have learnt to see themselves and to build self-esteem.

Systemic therapy - focuses on systems of relationships in families and groups and the ways that individuals are shaped by group expectations and the roles they play. This involves helping individuals to understand and change patterns of relationship that cause difficulties.

Dr Soraya De Boni    Tel. 07946 179423