My working style is integrative which means I combine a number of different theoretical approaches to counselling including Person Centred, CBT, Psychodynamic and skills development. This gives flexibility and responsiveness to your individual needs and perspective.
Common in most counselling approaches is the recognition of the importance of forming quality relationships in order to have a meaningful and satisfying life. They also, to varying degrees, emphasise the relationship between counsellor and client. This relationship, built together, can have a lasting positive impact on the main important relationships in clients' lives.
In practice, I aim to be a sensitive and understanding listener who is respectful and supportive. Depending on your situation, I offer appropriate challenge and practical tools to help bring growth, or a place just to be, whilst you figure out the next step.
I am trained to work with individual adults and couples.
I also have experience with working with teenagers in school to alleviate anxiety, self esteem and improve relationships.
What goes on in counselling?
- Exploring emotions and achieving greater emotional stability
- Exploring and challenging unhelpful thinking patterns and greater self-awareness
- Understanding how your experience of childhood and growing up impact on your current experience of life
- Finding coping strategies that work for you
- Considering how biological functions may be impacting on your situation, e.g. stress responses
- Recognising and strengthening your positive sense of self
- Plans and hopes for the future; setting realistic and achievable goals, making choices
- Faith, spirituality and finding meaning in life are taken into consideration as an aspect of being human. Your beliefs and practices are respected
How do you chose a counsellor?
Each counsellor is as unique as the clients they serve. Each has a value system and notion of what optimum human health looks like. Each type of counselling will have its own assumptions and ways of working so I encourage you to ask questions of any counsellor who you might want to see. Finding a person that you think you can open up to is important.
Some questions you may want to ask:
1. How do you work?
2. How long do you think I might need to see you?
3. Do you have particular strengths or experience in certain areas?
4. How do you think you can help me?
5. What are your qualifications?
6. Are you insured?
7. Do you receive regular supervision?
The "Its Good To Talk" Website gives great information about the difference types of counselling and what you need to know . Just click here