Creative moments in therapy can’t be forced but the flow of healing connection that comes with them is probably at the core of why I am a therapist. I like it when warm, contactful, creative playfulness enters the room. It is often what breathes life into the client and animates the therapy. It’s also a great antidote to shame and the intensity of self-absorption which so often accompanies therapy journeys. Playfulness and shared moments of humour bring healing, lightness and the release of tension.
Although therapy at a distance is still evolving, all the evidence suggests it is far from being a sub-standard compromise compared with in-person work. While some aspects are replicated, virtual connections involve different ethics, routines, opportunities, and risks. Therapy at a distance works better for some than for others. It works surprisingly well for me and a significant proportion of my practice remains online. But I still feel sad about the loss of some clients who couldn’t make the switch during the Pandemic and find the online medium diminished-diminishing and challenging.
I take data protection and confidentiality seriously. If you contact me by email, I will hold onto your data only while processing your communication. I will not copy, share or use your personal information without your consent. Once you have signed a contract to begin therapy, then please note that personal data and brief notes related to our psychotherapy work are collected. These notes are stored safely and securely. You can have an electronic copy at any point upon request. Our email communications will be deleted after we are no longer working together.