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 to choose. That’s why it can be useful to read around and get an idea of what might resonate with you.
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, mindfulness and somatic approaches. When working from a trauma focused perspective I will use a three phase approach to trauma recovery. For more information about this please go to trauma therapy.
We can be flexible in how we work. For example, we might 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. We might use more creative approaches such as writing and drawing, imagery, metaphor, or objects to explore the different aspects of your experience. We might use a more verbal approach, talking through your difficulties and exploring different perspectives. Or we might blend these approaches together.
Just as your experience is unique to you, my aim is to offer an approach that will be unique and specific to you and your needs underpinned by an attentive and empathic therapeutic relationship.
I offer both short and long term counselling. We will discuss together what you are looking for and what you hope to gain.