"I felt nervous at first but talking things through really helped me to understand....."

There are many different approaches to counselling and each can assist with bringing about understanding, awareness and change. I work as an integrative counsellor; which means I am trained to offer more than one type of therapy model and I will tailor the work to suit your needs. The therapy I offer may include theories such as;

Person-Centred Counselling

Person-Centred Counsellors work from the philosophy that clients have all the resources necessary to know what is best for them. I will aim to create an environment for you to feel safe, accepted, respected and understood so that you can be in touch with your feelings and talk, without fear, about anything that concerns you. I hope to assist you with understanding you; and provide the necessary conditions for change.

Psychodynamic Counselling

The psychodynamic perspective believes in the role of the unconscious mind and how that can motivate our current behaviour. It looks at the influence of our childhood experiences and unresolved conflicts that can have a powerful effect on our lives now. These conflicts can appear in many ways but could be so threatening that they are out of our awareness, disguised in other ways. As a counsellor I aim to encourage an understanding of these historical events and relationships and provide insight into how we relate to others and ourselves in the present.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

An approach to counselling that can help the client to learn techniques to better manage day-to-day life by changing the way you think and behave. CBT cannot take away your problems, but can help you manage them in a more positive way by encouraging you to examine how your actions can affect how you think and feel. Talking about and changing your behaviour can change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). This can make you feel better about life and look more positively towards the future.

Generally

At all times, the sessions are a time for you to explore your thoughts and feelings and follow the path you want to. I believe that the most important thing in counselling is the therapeutic relationship that will develop between us. I hope that you will feel heard and understood, in a non-judgemental way, and that you will experience me as a real and genuine person in this relationship.

I may ask questions to clarify and check that I have heard and understood you correctly. I will be accepting of what you tell me and I will often be very open with my feelings as I experience them. I may notice that what you are saying doesn’t seem to fit with how I am experiencing you. I might even notice these things out loud and use these times to enhance our work together.

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