Most of us face challenges at one point or another in our lives. We may experience difficulties with a relationship at work or at home. We may have lost someone we love. Sometimes our circumstances change due to events beyond our control and we struggle to come to terms with these changes. We may feel depressed or anxious.
Sometimes we just don’t feel ourselves and we don’t understand why.
My name is Ulrike Wirth and I am a psychotherapist. I am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the leading organisation for psychotherapists in the UK.
I offer short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy face to face, online and by telephone.
I offer a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental space where we can explore the difficulties you are facing and the patterns of thinking and behaviour which can contribute to them.
Click here to find out more about my background and training.
I practise integrative psychotherapy, which means I draw from a number of theories and techniques, depending on what feels appropriate and what you might find helpful.
I work relationally, which means I regard the therapy session as a co-created process between client and therapist where we enter into a collaborative partnership and explore things together. A therapy session is like a microcosm of what happens elsewhere in our lives - the way we interact with each other in our sessions often mirrors how we interact with others at work, at home and with our wider environment.
Our difficulties of connecting and communicating with others are often at the heart of our unhappiness and discomfort. In therapy, we can explore together where and how these difficulties arise. Talking things through can give us more clarity and help us to focus on what needs to change.
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I have experience of working with a diverse client population and with issues of difference and marginalisation due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc.
Most people new to psychotherapy and counselling are not always sure of what they might need and how deeply they want to delve into the issues they bring.
I usually arrange an initial phone call during which we can have a chance to talk about your expectations and see whether we can work together. To request a call, get in touch by completing the contact form.
Beginning therapy is like embarking on a journey of self-discovery. This process can bring new insights which may be surprising and, at times, painful. With greater awareness, we can begin to see that things can change. Awareness creates choices, and we can begin to try out different behaviours and new ways of being - ways that feel more in tune with who we are and with what feels important to us.
I am also an experienced meditator. I was introduced to Buddhist insight meditation (Vipassana) and other meditation techniques in my early 20s and have been meditating ever since. In 2001 I began more formal practice by visiting a Thai Buddhist centre for regular walking and sitting meditation as well as attending my first silent retreat.
For the past decade or so, I have carried on cultivating my individual practice and have become very interested in the more secular, and hence more accessible, approach of mindfulness practice.
I am based in South West London - the Kingston, Richmond, Putney and Teddington area.
I offer both time-limited counselling (usually 6-12 sessions) and longer-term open-ended psychotherapy face to face, online or via telephone. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis.
I charge £65 per 50-minute session.
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