My Approach

Therapy is a process, not an event!

In the beginning, we will work around three main questions: 1. What do you want to change about yourself to enhance your life? 2. How will you and I know that you’ve accomplished this change? /What behaviours will demonstrate that these changes have been made? 3. What will you do differently with the changes in place?

But first, I will introduce myself.

My education in psychology involves integrative counselling, which gives me a broader overview and allows me to be flexible and more helpful to my clients. My approach is not limited, and I combine different therapeutic tools and techniques to fit the needs of the individual client; Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Psychotherapy, NLP, etc.

I can support my clients to recognise patterns of behaviour which feel stuck and explore how these may no longer meet their needs. In identifying these patterns, my clients can become free to make different choices and live their life in a more fulfilling way.

Each of us is unique, and no one way of working will suit everyone, so flexibly adapting the work to meet your needs is the best way forward.

My practice is open-minded, and I listen to my client’s wishes. I work and approach are based on my client’s actual mood and needs. I am flexible; empathetic, and we consult the steps first to ensure my client knows what to expect.

I work with young, adult and elderly clients.

I believe we all tend to move towards what we need in life, so long as the conditions (including care and love) around us are, and have been, supportive and accepting of our needs. Many of us learn, sometimes very early on in life, that some of our real needs and feelings are not acceptable to others, and therefore we find it difficult to accept them ourselves. This can result in anxiety, depression, shame, emotional numbness, self-hatred and other forms of distress as we adapt ourselves and ignore our actual needs.

In a healing, therapeutic relationship with an empathic therapist, one can experience these needs and feelings as truly accepted and prized by another human being. Therefore we become able to better admit them in ourselves. When we accept our conditions (for example, for love, respect, rest, excitement, relationships, expression of anger, the release of tears), we become better able to meet them and lead a more authentic and fulfilling life.

My non-judgemental approach has mainly supported clients struggling with self-esteem, those who have internalised critical messages from others, and those battling with shame related to events from their present or past. Through experiencing full acceptance from a therapist, many clients start to believe that they are fundamentally “okay”.

When you come for therapy with me, you will set the work’s pace. We will work on your needs and at whatever speed and depth you choose. I will facilitate the work, but I will not act as an expert pretending that I know best. You are the expert in your own experience, and I will support you by being fully present and attuned to your process to feel more able to trust yourself. If you are interested, we can also use creative exercises (e.g. art materials, art postcards, movement work) to help you explore your feelings further, but if you’d prefer to stick to talking, that is fine too.

The relationship and connection with your therapist are key to this process; therefore, I work to create a space where you can trust me to support you when you are most vulnerable or distressed.

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