Shari Frohlich - Chartered Counselling Psychologist
MA (Cantab), CPsychol
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Available for appointments at our Twickenham clinic.
Seeking psychological help is too often seen as a last resort: we wait until our problems seem overwhelming, until we feel we can no longer cope, before we begin therapy. As therapists, we need to be able to work with clients in crisis and distress, providing the space, support and expertise to help them move forwards, but I believe we also need to go further than this, enabling clients to move towards greater self-understanding, fulfilment and emotional well being. Therapy should not only resolve difficulties, but help clients to build resilience and move towards becoming who they want to be.
My approach draws primarily on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in addition to which I use elements of Mindfulness and third-wave approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Metacognitive Therapy. CBT is an effective and evidence-based psychological therapy, useful across a broad range of presenting difficulties. It is a talking therapy designed to help you identify key aspects of your thoughts, behaviours and emotions, and to understand how these may be interacting with one another and influencing your day-to-day perceptions of yourself, others and the world around you. Through the process of therapy, alongside gaining self-awareness, thoughts will be challenged and new behaviours trialled with the overall aim of moving you towards positive change in line with your priorities. I believe that classic CBT tools and techniques are most effective when employed with sensitivity and creativity and tailored to your specific therapy needs. As such, no two courses of therapy are the same as your needs will be different from those of others.
My clinical work emphasises a flexible and collaborative approach to therapy, focused on your goals and underpinned by clear communication and a non-judgemental, safe, therapeutic environment. I think it’s important that, instead of making assumptions, we take the time to understand and jointly formulate your difficulties so that you get the most from therapy. Throughout our sessions, we will work to explore issues, increase self-understanding and develop the tools and resources needed to make substantial and lasting positive change. Our sessions will aim to equip you with the longer term skills to maintain and build upon your therapeutic gains even after the therapy process has come to an end.
It is an extraordinary privilege to accompany my clients on their journey through therapy and to witness the life-enhancing changes which are possible when working together in a committed and collaborative way. My ultimate aim is always to enable my clients to become their own therapist, giving them the tools and insight to move forward independently and with confidence in their own ability to meet future challenges.
I am a Counselling Psychologist who works with individuals, couples and families and children, offering both long-term and, where appropriate, time-limited therapy.
I work extensively with people facing a wide range of presenting problems including anxiety, depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME (and other Medically Unexplained Persistent Symptoms), abuse, loss and bereavement, post-traumatic stress, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviour and thinking, identity issues, low self-esteem, low motivation, and relationship difficulties (communication, sex, trust, infidelity, adjusting to change, etc.).
In addition, I continue to work with the NHS, providing supervision and training for other Psychologists.
Registrations & Membership
I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology.
I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and also hold accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
I have also completed BPS training as a Psychological Supervisor conferring eligibility for inclusion on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).
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