My integrative approach is based on person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy and attachment theories - I am very happy to talk through these approaches with you.
Emotions are expressed through the body and we can hold past traumas physiologically so I may work with body awareness, mindfulness and breathing techniques. I may offer creative approaches; these can be helpful when we cannot find the words or to understand our unconscious processes. Early emotional experiences influence the way we relate to others and respond to challenges; exploring life events, childhood and adult relationships can lead to greater self awareness and clarity. Noticing unhelpful thought patterns, shaped by core beliefs and assumptions about ourselves and the world, can help you to find a more balanced viewpoint. You may want to focus on what you are experiencing right now; I will respect and stay with your immediate emotional experience so that it becomes shared between us. You are the expert on you; I will work alongside you to identify your choices and steps towards positive change.
Above all, it is the trusting relationship between us that offers not only a safe place but dedicated time and space for you to share your innermost feelings in confidence.
Professional Membership and Training
As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I undertake ongoing professional training. To date, this includes working with avoidant attachment patterns, working with anxious attachment, cancer counselling, working with trauma, CBT approach to trauma therapy, choices around dying, working with self harm, anger, mindfulness tools, cognitive behavioural therapy, domestic abuse and working with shame. Couples training - fundamentals of working with couples, couples in conflict, relationship counselling after an affair, communication and difference between couples.
I have regular supervision to ensure professional and ethical practice and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.