• I am an integrative counsellor. This means that I shape my way of working to best suit your needs. We will discuss this at your initial session. At all times we will work at your pace and in a way that feels comfortable for you.

  • We may decide that a solution focused approach will be most beneficial.  I will ask you what you hope for from counselling and how you will know when your needs are being met. We will then explore what changes you would like to make in your life, how you would like things to be different. I might then ask you to focus on what you already do that helps; how you resource yourself. I can support you to develop new strategies and skills as well as strengthening those that you already have.

  • Together we will explore how you can become more the person that you want to be, your ‘best self’; whatever that means for you. I work on the basis that it is possible, with practice, to develop new ways of being in the world.

  • My invitation is also open to come and process difficult feelings and thoughts without a clear agenda, in which case we may make take a different approach. I am open to being with whatever you bring each week, working safely and creatively to support you in feeling more at ease with yourself, in your relationships and in life.

  • The work is always a collaborative endeavour. You possess the necessary knowledge and capacity for growth.  My role is to help you access and make best use of these resources towards achieving greater wellbeing.

  • I often use mindfulness techniques to help bring awareness to thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and movements in the here and now. When we pay attention to present experience, we understand that the majority of our responses are habitual and learned, often developed early in life to ensure that our basic and fundamental needs were met. Acknowledging that what was helpful then may no longer be helpful now can open the way to changes in the way we think, feel and act.

  • My work is informed by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, an approach developed to heal both developmental and single incident trauma and that integrates somatic therapies (working with physical sensations and movement), neuroscience (the functioning of the nervous system), attachment theory (the impact of our early relationships on our development) and cognitive approaches (our belief systems).  Integrating Sensorimotor techniques with traditional talking therapy has proved to be effective with many clients presenting with a broad spectrum of issues.

 

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