Starting therapy can feel like a challenge. It’s hard to muster the courage and energy to open up to someone new.
Some people tell themselves their problems don’t count. Others have learnt from a young age to hide their feelings to get by. Lots of clients worry about being judged if they speak honestly or vulnerably. And others simply aren’t convinced that talking to a therapist can help.
In our work, I will gently encourage you to bring your whole self – including those parts that might feel upset, afraid, angry, or confused.
Together, we will get to know these difficult feelings, with a view to better understanding their origins. In the context of a warm and trusting relationship, we’ll work through the things that are troubling you, paving the way for gradual shifts and lasting change.
Integrative Therapy with Rosa Banham
You might decide to contact me if you are:
- Struggling with self-esteem. Perhaps you have a strong self-critical voice, or feel that parts of you are wrong, worthless or unacceptable. You might be carrying around a fear of failure, or a sense of ‘not good enough’.
- Experiencing difficulties in relationships. You might find it hard to connect with or feel known by a partner, friends, or colleagues. Or perhaps you are anxious about fostering new relationships, or finding a partner.
- Feeling lonely, empty or lost. You might be dissatisfied with life, or lacking in direction and purpose.
- Preoccupied by memories or feelings about childhood. You might feel held back by past experiences, and need somewhere to make sense of what life was like for you when you were younger.
- Overwhelmed by strong emotions or recurrent, anxious thoughts. It might feel like your day-to-day is intruded on by thoughts and feelings that seem out of your control.
This list is not exhaustive, and some clients I see aren’t able to define exactly what’s wrong. But they have a sense that things could be better, and they would like help with figuring out a way forward.
The ways I work
I work integratively. That means I draw on a range of approaches to make sense of your experience and to support you towards change.
I am particularly interested in attachment-based and psychodynamic thinking. In other words, I am curious about how our past shapes our present. Many of us learnt particular ways of being in the world when we were young, which no longer serve us in our adult lives. In therapy, I might invite you to consider the influence of your past experiences on your present feelings and behaviours. In time, you might use our sessions to explore new ways of being and relating.
My work as a therapist is also relational. I believe that change is made possible, in part, through the creation of a trusting and open therapeutic relationship. Just as we evolve in our early relationships, we can change and grow with the help of current ones. So I do my best to make a space where you can feel heard and known in all aspects of yourself.
I am committed to non-discriminatory practice and welcome clients of all identities, cultures, faiths, genders, sexualities, as well as those with health conditions and disabilities. My approach seeks to recognise and address power dynamics that are shaped by the wider society we live in.
Other areas I work with
- Anxiety & panic
- Bereavement, grief & loss
- Depression & low mood
- Disordered eating
- Emotional and sexual abuse
- Family conflict
- Feeling stuck or lost
- Life transitions
- Loneliness & isolation
- Self-esteem & impostor syndrome
- Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
- Relationship difficulties
- Childhood & adult trauma
- Workplace stress
Psychotherapy Qualifications & Training:
Following a 4-year training, I gained a Diploma from the Minster Centre, one of Europe’s leading institutes for Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am registered with the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and my work is guided by their ethical framework.
£75 per 50-minute session
Psychotherapy sessions at City Therapy Space:
Friday: 07:00 to 12:00