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.
And, of course, COVID has affected us all as individuals and as a community. Sometimes a traumatic experience can turn life upside down and we no longer know how to cope.
My name is Ulrike Wirth and I am a psychotherapist in training. I am in my fifth and final year of study towards an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and due to qualify in 2022. I am a trainee member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the leading organisation for psychotherapists in the UK.
I currently offer short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy 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.
My training is in integrative psychotherapy, which means I draw from a variety 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. We enter into a collaborative partnership where we explore things together. A therapy session is a microcosm of what happens elsewhere in our lives, and the way we relate with each other in our sessions often mirrors how we relate with others at work, at home and with our wider environment.
Our troubles 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.
I have worked with people who have needed support with
Sometimes we just don’t feel ourselves and we don’t know why. Talking things through can give us more clarity and help us focus on what needs to change.
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. We increase our choices and we can look at more possibilities for making these important changes.
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 online or via telephone. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis.
As a psychotherapist in training, I currently offer a reduced rate of £40 per 50-minute session.
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