Hi I’m Daniel (he/him).
I have experience working with clients across the lifespan but typically work with adults (aged 18+). I aim to provide personalised, evidence-based treatment to clients primarily treating from a relational-dynamic approach whilst also drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and mindfulness. I broadly put my clinical interests into three camps: Issues relating to ourselves or others; emotional and physical health management; and working with diverse couples/relationships.
Issues relating to ourselves or others
I have a particular interest in working with people who want to explore how they related to themselves and others.
For many people, they have been exposed to environments that have not been conducive to flourishing. They have needed to develop psychological defences to protect themselves from emotional pain. These defences, however, may eventually get in the way of forming meaningful relationships, being able to emotionally regulate effectively, or from developing a healthy sense of self-esteem.
In psychotherapy, we will look to understand how your attachment impacts your difficulties and, together, seek a way to help you live the life you want.
Emotional and physical health management
I am comfortable with working with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, interpersonal and communication challenges, and other chronic health/emotional issues.
I have a particular interest in behavioural medicine including the role of psychological and emotional factors in chronic health problems and the interplay between physical and mental ill-health. My PhD (clin psych) thesis focused on exploring the psychological processes which predict and explain health behaviours, particularly focused on maintaining factors such as habit.
When people manage a long-term physical health problem (e.g., chronic pain, erectile dysfunction, vaginismus), it is not uncommon to also be struggling emotionally; we can, therefore, work through other emotional problems such as low mood, anxiety, and stress, which sometimes occur when managing physical illnesses.
Working with diverse couples/relationships
I also work with people in relationships, with issues such as conflict management, emotional distance, or sexual dysfunction. I am also happy to work with non-traditional and diverse relationships such as those in open, polyamorous, kink, or swinging lifestyles as well as working with LBGTQ+ partnerships.
I similarly work with individuals who have no specific emotional problem but want to focus on thriving at home, at work, or in their interpersonal relationships.
Sometimes clients find it difficult to know exactly what is wrong but recognise that they are not living their best life. I would be happy to discuss and explore how to best help you lead a flourishing and meaningful life.
I am available to see clients Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.