At times, the reasons we seek therapy are evident, like experiencing a challenging or traumatic event, feeling disconnected or isolated, battling anxiety, depression, or struggling with unproductive behaviour patterns. However, on other occasions, the reasons might not be so apparent. You may perceive life as stagnant or lacking inspiration, or perhaps societal pressures and social constructs have become overwhelming.
No matter what emotions you’re experiencing, we can work together to explore and understand them.
Integrative CBT Psychotherapy with Lucy Sheils
As an integrative practitioner, I believe in tailoring my approach to meet the unique needs of each individual. I recognise that everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, I draw from various theories and therapeutic techniques to provide a comprehensive and personalised approach to therapy. In our sessions, I aim to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I will provide tools that will help you beyond therapy and support you in day-to-day life.
Throughout our therapeutic journey, I will respect your comfort level and challenge you appropriately. We will proceed at a pace that feels both comfortable and sufficiently challenging for your growth and development. My goal is to provide support, and encouragement as you navigate your personal journey towards healing and self-discovery.
Remember, you are the expert on your own life, and I am here to accompany you on this path of self-exploration and transformation.
Areas of expertise
Stress and societal pressures
Modern life is rife with societal pressures, particularly in the realm of high-pressure jobs. The relentless demands and expectations placed upon us can give rise to a host of negative psychological experiences, such as anxiety, imposter syndrome, low self-esteem, burnout, and perfectionism. These factors collectively contribute to feelings of inadequacy and dissatisfaction.
If any of this resonates with you, you’re not alone. I work with many clients to help them achieve a better work / life balance and understand what it is they are feeling.
Feelings of disconnect
I specialise in working with individuals who often feel disconnected from life. They may sense that their true selves go unnoticed by those around them and find themselves sacrificing their well-being to fit in with others. Regardless of how it feels, there is a gap between who they are and how they currently exist in the world.
When we can’t be true to ourselves and struggle to meet others’ expectations (or our own), it can lead to feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and fear of rejection.
Therapy provides an excellent opportunity to delve into the underlying issues and discover methods for fostering transformation.
Gender, sexuality and identity
As a gay psychotherapist I have been on my own journey and understand how daunting sexuality and gender can be. I have a deep understanding of the struggles that can arise from growing up feeling different from others. Feelings of detachment can lead to feelings of profound sadness, which can sometimes lead to depression, and anxiety. Additionally, it can trigger a profound sense of shame and greatly impact one’s self-esteem.
As your therapist, my role is to provide unwavering support and a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore and navigate complex emotions. I am dedicated to fostering an environment where clients can freely express themselves, empowering them to embrace their true selves and cultivate a sense of inner strength and acceptance.
Areas I work with
- Anxiety and panic
- Body image
- Borderline personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- OCD & obsessive behaviour
- Personality disorder
- Relationship isues
- Self harm
- Social anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
How we work together in the therapy sessions
As your therapist I offer a warm, open-minded, non-judgemental space where you can explore, question and start to change behaviours and/or thought processes that may not be serving you. I will be curious and an active participant in the therapeutic process. My aim is to help you understand and find ways to cope with your challenges.
Psychotherapy Qualifications, Training and Background
I have years’ of experience working within the private and NHS sectors. I have worked in hospitals dealing with in-patients and out-patients. I have also volunteered in charities providing support to people with substance misuse. Alongside this, I’ve offered support to those with issues around sexuality and gender identity and continue to offer a safe space for those within the LGBTQIA community.
I hold a MSc in CBT and a Postgraduate in Counselling from Goldsmiths University. I am a member of the BABCP and abide by their code of ethics.
As a qualified registered therapist, I’m committed to my professional development which means I attend ongoing supervision and undertake continued professional development.
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If you have any questions or would like to schedule an initial session you can contact me via email or phone. I may not be able to answer your call if I am with a client but if you leave a message I’ll return your call as soon as possible.
Please contact me for current availability
£90 per 50-minute session
Psychotherapy sessions at City Therapy Space:
I encourage and welcome you to get in touch.