Errol Hay uses her lengthy experience of working with a diverse range of people to provide a warm, safe therapeutic relationship where difficulties can be understood and possibilities for change can emerge.
She is experienced in both brief counselling and longer term therapy to address a broad range of mental health issues. Particular interests are trauma, and difficulties with body image.
Although I completed a law degree I quite quickly realised that I really enjoyed working with people- that law and office work were not for me. I have always been interested by people- about what shapes them to function in the particular way that they do. I worked as a probation officer for a long time, completing both social work and counselling training before coming into private practice. It has been good life experience to equip me as a psychotherapist.
Psychotherapy is a two person interaction of client and therapist, and it is the quality of that therapeutic relationship that is the key healing factor in therapy. I encourage any new client to have a few sessions with me before committing to therapy- so that we both have the space to see if we can do this work together, that we feel positive about making that commitment. I really enjoy working with a diverse range of people.
During my training I was particularly fascinated by the research from neuroscience and psychotherapy which can show the positive changes within the brain and its activity that come from the client’s experience of the particular relatedness within the psychology of self. It is likely to be similar to the development that occurs when a child has a strong relatedness with a parent and the growth that then occurs. Research from USA and Australia really confirms the value of this work.
We live in a fast paced society where the pressure is often felt to “get over it” “move on”- yet where many experience persistent and repeated emotional issues that cannot be dismissed so easily. Relentlessly putting on the “happy face” only papers over the cracks and provides no lasting solution. Interpersonal psychodynamic psychotherapy allows the underlying concerns to be attended to, and for new enduring possibilities to emerge.
Those moments when the true self starts to emerge are wonderful. It seems to me that one’s true self is in there all the time - buried but still trying to sing and be heard. When the client is able to acknowledge that song from within – those are the stunning moments of therapy when it is wonderful to be alongside someone in their journey.
For many people psychotherapy may be one of the most valuable personal investments they will make in their lives.