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I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with a commitment to providing compassionate, relational-focused therapy, informed by research. My professional interests are wide-ranging:

  • anxiety and fear of death
  • gender-sensitive psychotherapy- focus on the needs of male clients
  • social anxiety
  • performance anxiety
  • obsessive thoughts
  • compulsive behaviours
  • body image
  • shyness and loneliness
  • suicidal thoughts
  • low self-esteem
  • depression
  • trauma
  • medically unexplained symptoms
  • 'false' self
  • infidelity
  • relationships
  • emotional difficulties
  • loss

Until January 2021 I will be using remote and virtual technology (Skype, Zoom, Telephone, Face-time, Live chat)

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 an 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 Herefordshire