With over 10 years counselling experience, my counselling approach is primarily Psychodynamic
although I integrate elements of other theoretical approaches into the work when
that is beneficial for clients. These include Psychodynamic theories, Personal Construct
Psychology, CBT, Object Relations, Gestalt, Person Centred, Self Relations, Jungian
Analysis, I.M.T. (Integrative Mindbody Therapy), E.R.T. (Embodied Relational Therapy)
N.L.P. (NeuroLinguistic Programming) and Stress management. This allows me to work
with a broad range of techniques that I can draw on to offer a tailored approach
to fit clients' individual needs and personalities.
I generally use a mixture of approaches
with the same person, depending on the needs of the person. For example, I may use
a ‘psychodynamic approach’ to help you understand how painful feelings in the present
may have its roots in the past, but in order to help you change your feelings, I
may then use a ‘CBT’, ‘N.L.P. or ‘hypnotherapy’ approach. The change in approach
is unlikely to be obvious, as I may switch back and forth throughout a session
As well as offering an emotionally supportive atmosphere, I work with my clients
to identify and understand patterns in their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This
can involve making links between current experiences and also sometimes with the
past. Some attention is also paid to looking at how unconscious thoughts and feelings
may affect how you currently feel and how you relate to others. This presents us
with an opportunity to work with, and bring about change and acceptance to the building
blocks that made us who we are. I can help my clients to gain some idea of the history
of their present day difficulties, and offer a way forward in terms of re-structuring
or re-aligning their perception or view on life.
I also work with and through the body. As human beings we experience life through
our minds and also our emotions, sensations and movements. Paying attention to our
bodies experience can feel very challenging. Being aware of what our bodies are doing
and feeling can also be invaluable to provide the safety and pacing in the counselling
/ therapy process. Our bodies give us the gift of bringing us into the present moment
of our experience. Our bodies can feel alien, awkward, overwhelm us with emotions
and get ill; they can also give us our strongest experiences of pleasure. I support
a return into our bodies to find our centre within ourselves. I work with focusing
and body awareness to listen to the subtle messages from our bodies.
My aim in my work is to offer emotional contact to my clients, to be present with
them how ever they are feeling; to build a strong supportive relationship together.
Probably the ways we have been most hurt in our lives is by other people. The relationship
that develops between myself and my clients can be used to study and explore the
other relationship in a clients life.
My work sometimes involves touch and other times not. I work in a respectful and
supportive way; aiming to be sensitive to how challenging it is to explore ourselves.