My counselling approach
I am trained in a number of different modalities and am known as an Integrative therapist. This means we can explore the past if it’s helpful and relevant and find what is creating conflict or distress and understand it in the now. Or we can stay in the now, exploring whatever it is that has brought you to counselling. I believe the quality of the relationship is a key ingredient.
I don’t only work with talking therapy. I encourage the use of non-verbal creative methods. Although I am not a qualified art therapist, I offer creative interventions using visual arts and writing as part of sessions to enable people of all ages to express their feelings and thoughts. I only use these methods if you feel it will be beneficial or relevant to your problem or personality. I often use mindfulness and grounding techniques as creative work may produce powerful emotions.
A much needed area of therapy that I feel has been neglected is pet bereavement. Both young and old are effected by the loss of pets and using attachment theory, we can explore expectations, emotions and behaviours to work through feelings of terrible loss.
Together we set realistic goals and agree on a regular 50 minute space each week where we can take time to focus on what it is you want to achieve, in the way you can best relate.
How it works
The first appointment is an assessment session to see whether therapy with me will be appropriate to your needs and is therefore without obligation on either side. If we decide to proceed we normally agree to meet up for up to 6 sessions with a joint review on the 5th session where further sessions may be agreed upon.
You are always in charge of the process and can choose to stop at any stage although it is important to have a planned ending to your therapy. The therapeutic relationship is an active working partnership and regular committment to your therapy is needed.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually weekly at a regular time and place.
What is counselling?
Counselling offers an opportunity for personal development, or to explore a crisis or difficulties which may result in changes in the way you feel, think and behave.
The aim is to increase self-awareness and help you discover your own way forward. My practice is based on the belief that everyone has the capability to develop their own potential and work towards living life in a more satisfied way.