Susannah Newell Therapy
In our ever-more pressured world, there’s growing recognition of the need to prioritise mental health equally with physical health. Therapy can be highly beneficial if you’re facing:
external pressures like problems at work or home, relationship & intimacy issues, difficult family dynamics, life transitions such as parenthood, divorce or redundancy, bereavement or other losses, including miscarriage or abortion, and all forms of abuse
internal pressures like perfectionism, low self-esteem, a harsh inner critic, unwanted obtrusive thoughts, negative patterns of behaviour, identity issues like sexuality or lack of belonging, excessive feelings of any emotion including anxiety, depression, loneliness, emptiness, anger or shame
Often people come for therapy when the internal and external pressures collide and overwhelm us. The way we learnt to survive, cope or thrive in the world is no longer working for us and we’re struggling to cope or maybe we have just lost our ‘mojo’. Whether you're in crisis, struggling with difficult circumstances, emotions or relationships, or wishing to feel more alive, working things through with an empathic, trained professional unconnected to your life can be liberating.
Therapy can feel daunting. I remember first going myself: not knowing what to expect and feeling seeking help was a weakness rather than the strength it actually is to recognise when I needed to talk to someone.
My Integrative Approach
I offer a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space, where you’ve the freedom to share your current load rather than carrying your troubles alone. You don’t get the ‘blank screen’, the silent treatment, which therapy is sometimes known for. You get warmth, empathy and honesty, to help you live better. Equally I encourage feedback from you throughout as therapy is a collaborative endeavour, requiring trust in me and the process. In sharing with me what you can't say out there in the world, you may well feel more understood, more known for who you truly are behind the world-facing persona we all have and better able to cope with life.
There are now more recognised different therapy approaches than there are days in the year. So how you avoid being overwhelmed by the different therapies out there at a time you probably don’t need more complexity? Integrative therapists, such as myself, feel there is no ‘one size fits all’ therapy and so instead tailor our approaches to best suit you and your individual needs. I draw on, and combine as appropriate, the following therapeutic approaches:
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Research consistently shows a good therapeutic relationship is more important than the type of therapy someone has. We therefore meet for an initial session to see if we are a good fit and I am someone you could trust. As our interactions with others are often what cause our problems in life, us building a positive, trusting relationship is highly beneficial.