Welcome to Edify Psychological Services. My name is Sandy Juric and I work as a Psychotherapist specialising in Integrative Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Working independently enables me to offer you greater choice in terms of your individual needs. I fully support the need to have choice since research indicates that a collaborative approach is more likely to lead to a person getting the most out of their therapy.
An Integrative Psychotherapist is trained in and will draw on a variety of therapies based on what works best. The Psychotherapy field is vast and being an Integrative Therapist enables me to on use the models and techniques that suit the individual. This might mean gathering certain strands together in a meaningful way. Examples of the theoretical models I might draw on include Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic Theory, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt, Compassionate Mind Training and Person Centred Therapy.
My approach is built on the following stages;
E – explore
D – develop
I – insight
F – free
Y – yourself
I have found that these elements lead to individuals becoming empowered to overcome their problems and continue to develop. My aim is to work with you to provide you with the skills to be your own therapist. I know that seeing a therapist for the first time can be a daunting experience. My aim is to create a safe, confidential space for my clients to work on their problems.
In the meantime it might be useful to learn a bit more about me.
Since the beginning of my career in mental health there have been some positive changes in how we view mental health as a society. In spite of this, it saddens me when I notice how often our emotional well-being is disregarded. It is one of the biggest indicators of our physical health and general well-being. All too often our emotional difficulties are at the bottom of a very long list. My experience is that when we are well emotionally this extends into all areas of our life; we make better choices, have better relationships and feel more authentic. Life feels easier somehow. I am passionate about promoting the importance of good mental health across society as a whole.
My professional journey
I first began my journey into psychological health in 1996 and continue to develop both professionally and personally. My earliest beginnings were in counselling leading to graduate-level psychology, post-graduate diplomas in both Integrative Psychotherapy and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and an MA in Psychotherapy. I am an accredited CBT (BABCP) therapist and a member of the BACP (MBACP) and adhere to their code of ethics. I am passionate about my own professional development and have trained in Addiction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to enhance my therapeutic skills. I find working with people incredibly rewarding and enjoy meeting new clients. When I meet a new client my aim is to put people at ease as much as possible
My experience is diverse; from severe and enduring mental health services, drug and alcohol services, rehabilitation, primary-care and forensic settings. More recently I have worked in the NHS and whilst this was rewarding I decided to work independently in order to fulfil my own values which are to offer therapy at the point when a client asks for help and to tailor therapy to suit the individual. I have worked in private practice for more than 10 years now and enjoy the freedom and flexibility this enables me to have as a therapist.