HOW I WORK

I practice as an integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, which means I work to combine elements of my training in various theoretic approaches to suit your needs at different stages of the therapeutic relationship.  As each client is unique, so too is each therapy relationship and treatment plan.

In general my work involves person to person counselling and it is my task to provide you with a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space within which you can gain a better understanding of your world space.  Therapy can help you explore, discover, clarify your views and reach a deeper understanding of yourself.  It can help you to reach your goals and work towards resolving emotional or interpersonal difficulties by making meaningful choices to elicit positive change. 

Our work together will begin with an assessment period so that I can get to know how best to assist you as well as giving you an opportunity to feel comfortable in your choice of working with me.  Depending on your needs I may draw upon various theoretical approaches including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioural, humanistic or existential in order to assist you in your process but fundamentally it is the relationship with you, the client that is central to the work. Find out more about...

Psychodynamic approaches...

tend to be longer term, focus on the effect of the past on the present and seek change and greater self-understanding by exploring unconscious forces.  The key techniques are designed to help clients gain access to their unconscious conflicts, which leads to insight and eventual assimilation of new material. 

Humanistic approaches...

believe that we all have an in-built capacity to grow and thereby reach our full potential.  The focus is on helping the client to find their own answers through active listening and hearing, reflection of feelings, clarification and “being there” for the client.

Behavioural approaches....

help to identify goals and part of the therapist’s role is to design programmes to help reach those goals.  The main techniques are systematic desensitisation, relaxation methods, reinforcement, modelling, assertion and social skills training and coaching.

Cognitive Approaches

Cognitive approaches help you to identify automatic negative thoughts and understand how this affects the way you view your world.  The focus of therapy is on identifying faulty ways of thinking and developing more positive and realistic thoughts that go hand in hand to shape more constructive thoughts, emotions and behaviour. 

Existential approaches

Existential approaches help to build therapy on the basic conditions of human existence, such as choice, the freedom and responsibility to shape one’s life, and self-determinism.  Therapy is highly experiential and the focus is to gain awareness and integration of what you are experiencing and doing.  Through this awareness, change automatically occurs.

In general therapy provides clients with an opportunity for:

  • Exploration: provide clients with a safe, secure, non judgmental and confidential environment enabling them to work through issues and difficulties.
  • Insight: assist clients to develop an understanding of the origins and development of emotional difficulties.
  • Self Awareness: becoming more aware of thoughts and feelings which had been blocked off or denied.
  • Self Acceptance: the development of a positive attitude towards oneself, marked by an ability to acknowledge areas of experience which had been the subject of self criticism and rejection.
  • Enlightenment: assisting the client to arrive at a deeper understanding.
  • Problem Solving: working together on finding solutions to specific problems, which the client had not been able to resolve alone.

Confidentiality

Any information given by clients in counselling and psychotherapy sessions will be kept entirely confidential.  I adhere to the standards and ethics of my professional association, BACP, in these matters.  The only circumstances where I would be obliged to break confidentiality would be if you have indicated that there is risk of harm to yourself or others.  I would then be required to seek advice and guidance from other professionals.  I would of course discuss this with you beforehand should this be the case.     

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