How I work (my approach to therapy)
As an integrative practitioner I use different therapies to inform my counselling. Some examples of therapies I offer are:
· Behavioural therapy
· Cognitive therapy
· Existential therapy
· Humanistic therapies
· Person-centred therapy
· Psychodynamic therapy
· Schema Therapy
· Solution focused brief therapy
· Transactional analysis
· Cognitive behavioural therapy
In our counselling, I believe the relationship between counsellor and client is central to successful therapy. We will work together collaboratively to build a therapeutic relationship which is safe, caring and non-judgemental where you can feel comfortable to explore your emotions.
As a relational therapist, I believe the relationships we experience in life with ourselves and with others are important to our well-being and development. I will help you to explore your relationships in the past and present and explore their effects on your well-being and development.
I work in an integrative way looking at a range of theories to inform the therapy. I believe therapy needs to be tailored to each individual and there is no ‘one size fits all’ and adapt my approach to suit your specific needs and what you are looking to achieve.
We will work collaboratively in a mainly person-centred way which means you direct the pace and the agenda that we work on in each session. It is for you to decide what you want to explore to help you to find a way forward and to empower you to make positive changes in your life. I believe you are the expert of your experiences and that you are the one who knows how each event has made you feel and how you feel matters.
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I believe that you should have as many sessions as you feel you need, and I am happy to work on both a long-term and short-term basis. In the short-term with solution focused therapy or with open-ended long-term therapy to look at how past events could be impacting you in the present.
An example of how I work in an integrative way may be exploring how the body responds to stress (mindfulness), looking at past events and their impact on the here and now (psychodynamic). When looking at past event and the impact you may notice some patterns in behaviours and ways of relating to others and you may wish to explore these further. I may also introduce techniques to challenge unhelpful thoughts (Cognitive behavioural therapy or transactional analysis)