I am an Integrative Counsellor which means that I draw on a range of therapeutic models including Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy. I place high value on conducting therapy in a way that is flexible and relevant to your unique needs. I work to understand you and your particular situation, background, problems, strengths and potentials, cultivating an approach to therapy that resonates with you and is best suited to enabling meaningful change.
Our counselling sessions will be driven to achieve change, empowering you to overcome unwanted behaviours or feelings and ultimately live your life in a way which is more rewarding for you.
In counselling we form a collaborative, warm and respectful relationship, providing you with an important source of understanding and support. Counselling offers a space away from the everyday pressures of life in which to explore and understand yourself, and to gain new perspectives and vantage points on your life.
One important element of therapy involves helping you to understand the cause of your problems. Another is to learn tools and strategies for change. At times therapy involves a process of healing and recovery and at other times it involves a process of personal evolution and growth.
Counselling must achieve change in order to be successful. The process of meaningful connection with someone who is both empathetic and experienced in understanding your distress can be therapeutic in itself and in the early stages of counselling it is likely that this is where the focus of therapy sits. It may be that this is all you need to deepen your understanding of yourself and reshape your behaviours and emotions. However, in many cases counselling evolves into a process of enabling change through direct interventions that equip you with the strategies to manage and overcome that distress.
Successful therapy should enable you to independently sustain benefits long after counselling ends.