Approach and background
As an Integrative therapist, I draw on a wide range of perspectives including Person Centred and Psychodynamic theories which are the most influential in my approach to counselling. Drawing on these modalities, I will help you to explore and uncover your unconscious thoughts, feelings and behaviours which effect your life in the here and now. This process will help bring about your innate ability to harness your own internal wisdom and the answers therein in response to the challenges you face.
I believe that people are, by nature, inherently “good”, but that difficult experiences can force us to develop certain behaviours, known as creative adaptations. These adaptations are designed to help us cope and survive psychologically in suboptimal environmental conditions. However, these adaptations often leave us feeling disconnected from the world and sometimes even ourselves.
I use my expertise to focus on supporting you to find your way back to your authentic self. This will help you become more contented, a natural outcome of truly being yourself. Supporting you in building resilience and developing the tools to help you face the often-intense feelings that life brings, will form a central part of our work together and your process of healing.
By offering a confidential, warm, and welcoming space for you to explore your difficulties and problems, I endeavour to make you feel respected, understood, and valued, so that together we can work towards the changes you want to make in your life.
Difficulties and areas that I can support you with include but are not limited to: anxiety, worry, rumination, depression, relationship issues, challenges in forming new intimate relationships, establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries, understanding better the differences between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour and communication, loneliness, exposure to a traumatic experience or ongoing traumatic situation, obsessive thoughts or behaviours, perfectionism, procrastination, identity issues, abuse, study skills, life skills, choosing a direction in life, body image, loss, grief, death, difficulties relating to gender, sexuality or racism, a life crises, and dealing with general difficulties related to your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Together we will look at the issue you are struggling with, come to understand it better, including why it has left you feeling and coping in particular ways. From here we will help you discover new, healthier responses, ways that promote psychological growth and healing.
As a relationally orientated therapist coming into therapy with me you can expect an active two-way conversation to unfold, while you will also be given plenty of space to express yourself fully and connect with increasing depth to your present moment experience. Carl Rogers, founder of person-centred therapy commented, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”. And so, with that in mind I really do welcome you just as you are!