about psychotherapy

Craig Brand BSc mbacp, Psychotherapist

about me...

about therapy with me

Hi, and welcome to my site. I’m Craig, a psychotherapist working online, across the UK. I am an integrative therapist with a focus on existential therapy. This page explains a little about what existential therapy means to me, other therapies I integrate, how I work, and who it may be well suited for. For more general info about me and my practice, please click “about me” above.

“There is a life and there is a death, and there are beauty and melancholy between,” 

–  Albert Camus

existential psychotherapy

The basis of my work is existential psychotherapy. Existential psychotherapy is a talking therapy based around a deeply human conversation. It is an evidence-based, non-judgemental approach, and avoids simplistic ways of seeing your problems as an “illness” or fault inside of you. Rather, it appreciates the true richness and complexity of being human; how our emotional difficulties relate to all aspects of our lives and deaths – our pasts, present and futures.

Existential & integrative therapy is particularly well suited to certain kinds of difficulties, like:

  •  anxiety – generalised, health or death anxiety
  • depression, existential depression, existential crisis or mid-life crisis
  • relationship problems, sexual issues, identity
  • abuse & trauma
  • the effects of cancer & illness
  • bereavement & loss
  • life transitions like redundancy, divorce, retirement
  • cultural issues – identity, spirituality
  • mental health diagnoses: ocd, bipolar, personality disorders etc

Existential therapy is well suited to anyone curious about themselves and their lives. People are often surprised at how seemingly unrelated mental health issues are connected to very natural, but difficult, parts of being human. Like many other therapies, that may be about helping you understand and move beyond the pains and anxieties of the past. Science tells us a lot about how our genetics and biology affect us, and our childhoods and upbringings too.

But existential therapy can look more broadly than this as well.

That may be the unique struggles you face in the present – your relationships, career or illness. Or perhaps the social and cultural parts of life that shape you – your identity, sexuality, race or gender. Or it may be the truly universal struggles of being human: how to face life and death; how to choose to live; how to find meaning in life and live the right life for you; how to love your life; how to prepare for your death.

other therapies I integrate

I also integrate, or blend, a range of evidence-based knowledge and therapies from other areas. This integrative therapy approach is increasingly common and a great way of ensuring psychotherapy or counselling can best fit your unique needs and story. It recognises that there’s no one specific approach that works for everyone. I integrate therapies and knowledge from: neuroscience, psychodynamic therapy,  trauma therapies and humanistic, relational therapies.

Whatever it is you’re going through, please feel free to give me a call or e-mail to chat more about how I can help…

07554 809361