I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with a commitment to providing
compassionate, relational-focused therapy, informed by research. My professional interests are wide ranging:
- gender-sensitive psychotherapy
- working with male clients
- social anxiety
- performance anxiety
- obsessive thoughts
- compulsive behaviours
- body image
- shyness and loneliness
- suicidal thoughts
- low self-esteem
- medically unexplained symptoms
- 'false' self
I offer consultation by appointment at the Fred Bulmer Centre in Hereford, Wall Street, HR4 9HP.
Why is therapy effective?
Establishing a collaborative, positive working relationship is an essential aspect of successful psychotherapy treatment. According to research (Norcross, 2010, Wampold 2001), the most important ingredients that contribute to a successful therapy outcome are: the client's motivation and psychological-mindedness and the relationship between the therapist and the client.
I also subscribe to an explanation coming from the field of interpersonal neuroscience: the brain is plastic and genetically programmed to develop through interaction with other brains. This happens most dramatically in the first years of life, but this process continues across a lifetime. When we engage with another human being in dialogue, certain very physical processes are set in motion which help us regulate our emotions and shut down our stress response. Therapy stimulates the formation of new neural networks, the integration of split-off aspects of self and the unlearning of unhelpful coping strategies.
The therapeutic dialogue provides opportunity to test old assumptions and experiment with new ways of being – all in a context that is safe, confidential and containing. We learn through reflection, conversation, a real relationship, experimentation, mindfulness, journalling and bibliotherapy.
Stories are a central focus of my work: how we story our lives, how we think about our values, how we share ourselves with others and how we shape our futures.
Silvia Baba Neal - Therapy in Hereford, Leominster, Central London