How I Work
I use an integrative approach in my counselling. That is to say I combine several humanistic models in my work with clients as described below.
The key to each client/counsellor interaction is the relationship. Positive change occurs when complete trust is established. Critical to trust is the assurance that I make no judgement or criticism. I work with maximum confidentiality and safety.
This method puts you at the centre of the therapy and believes that you hold the key to your healing process. You are the driver and my role is to hear you, stay with you and enter into your journey, reflecting and facilitating. The relationship between us is key.
Firmly rooted in the here and now this model relies upon observation. It invites you to experience your ‘whole self’ exploring all of your senses, perceptions and feelings. The key is to work towards a completeness or acceptance of self.
Transactional Analysis (TA)
TA is used to analyse human transactions in a counselling setting. I observe conscious or subconscious behaviour patterns. This enables you and I to identify self-limiting or negative aspects in your life and behaviour to make adjustments if you so wish, to achieve positive growth.
I also work creatively, where appropriately, supporting the use of different physical media, such as drawing, to help unlock or express difficult feelings and your response to them.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is about putting your mind over your mood. This model aims to change the way you feel by changing the way you think. It is a more directive therapy.