My counselling approach
How I work
There are many different counselling and psychotherapeutic approaches. You may already have a good idea of what you’re looking for or it may be hard to work out which approach will fit with you. That’s why it can be useful to read around and get an idea of what might resonate.
I work in an integrative way which means I have had training in several different counselling theories that have become integral to my approach and how I work.
I will listen to your experience and draw upon relevant counselling ideas to support your exploration. These will be offered as an invitation to help you understand your experience more deeply. I will provide a space for us to create a relationship that feels compassionate, respectful and constructive.
I draw specifically upon the theories of person-centred, relational, transactional analysis, psychodynamic, internal family systems and somatic approaches. When integrating a trauma informed approach I will use the three phase model of trauma recovery. For more information about this please go to trauma therapy.
How things affect us is important in understanding our inner world better so I will invite you to become more aware of your own physical and emotional responses. I will use elements from mindfulness approaches as well as body awareness and somatic experience to help you notice what is happening for you on the inside.
Often our inner experience can feel conflicted or loud or busy with many different thoughts or feelings present. Bringing awareness to this dynamic can help slow things down so that we can consider what meaning these different aspects hold for you.
Sometimes words may not feel right or enough or it might be hard to express what you’re feeling. At these times we can use more creative approaches if this fits with your way of working. This might include writing and drawing as a way to explore what’s going on for you, imagery, or the use of objects to explore different aspects of your experience.
Just as your experience is unique to you, my approach will be unique and specific to you and your needs. You can read more about an integrative approach here.
I offer both short and long term counselling. We will discuss together what you are looking for and what you hope to gain.