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. Research supports my belief that the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to healing, catharses and self insight.
I will seek to understand your specific needs and goals, enable you to enhance self insight, awareness and promote personal growth. This process can be challenging, but clients often find that understanding how the past can unconsciously affect our lives, decisions and relationships can lead to a 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 which includes working with adults, adolescents and children aged 12 upwards on behalf of the NHS.
Growth & Personal Development
Counselling and therapy can help people who wish to consciously engage in this personal process of self development, not least through greater self awareness (making the unconscious conscious), processing current challenges and moving 'beyond' past experiences- becoming more free, authentic and complete in oneself/relationships.
Sometimes insight is enough to elicit change, at other times people may need to negotiate behavioural changes with themselves/others to achieve greater harmony.
The professional relationship between the client and therapist is viewed as fundamental in many modalities not just because of the potential for self insight but because of it's cathartic, healing and 'reparative' potential.