How I Work
Counselling and therapy provides a safe, confidential space to talk about topics and issues of concern to you.
As an integrative practitioner, I am informed by person centered, psychodynamic and existential models. When you are at your most emotionally fragile, therapy can really support you through this time; taking precious time out to attend to your wellbeing.
I can offer you a safe space in which to discuss your feelings and issues concerning you, help you understand those feelings and yourself, as well as look at the ways in which past experiences may have shaped your responses. Tending to the bodies' inner capacity for Knowing helps you make conscious and wiser choices as well as learning to trust yourself.
Sometimes it is not easy to be in relationship to others, whether loved ones or even colleagues. More and more people are seeking somebody to really hear and affirm them, as well as to truly care about them and their feelings. My therapy is always based in a real, genuine relationship, that, although is professional and with boundaries, is none-the-less warm, real and respectful.
People say my calm, intuitive and centered approach makes it easier for them to relax and open up
Furthermore, research supports my firm belief and working knowledge that the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to healing, catharses and self insight. In my day to day life I am grounded in meditation and awareness practice.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides a wealth of research that highlights the benefits of an integrative approach to psychotherapy and counselling
Contrary to popular belief counselling is not advice on what to do/say, but can facilitate realisation of your own answers and what is right for you- this empowers and encourages independence.
Because of the shared outcome of both a good mindful or meditation practice and therapy in bringing the unconsconscious across the threshold into our conscious awareness, I often suggest clients take the time to learn to meditate, or at the very least, to sit in silence during their day. I can offer a brief introduction to meditation, though it would be optimal to take a course. I feel having a meditation practice alongside therapy benefits people greatly because it helps you to feel calm, helps avoid being knocked off balance by the next wave of emotion and can contribute to feeling happier.
Counselling can be shorter term and can help to open up options, gain new perspectives and provide emotional support during challenging life events. I may employ the models of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy to further assist in identification of abhorrent patterns and antecedent events contributing to difficulties in relating to others.
I will seek to understand your specific needs and goals, enable you to enhance self insight, awareness and promote personal growth. The therapeutic journey can be challenging, but clients often find that understanding how the past can unconsciously affect our lives, decisions and relationships eventually leads to greater freedom. Insight can expand the choices available to us with regards to our responses and behaviour, leading to more harmonious relationships with ourselves and others.
I have a wide range of experience including working with adults, adolescents and children aged 12 upwards for the Youth Counselling Service, on behalf of Virgin Care & the NHS. I have worked for a local drug and alcohol charity and volunteered alongside my private practice, working with people have been through serious trauma, who may suffer complex post traumatic stress disorder or dissociative disorders.