How I Work

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I am an integrative therapist with a person-centered core, which basically means that right from the start I view you as the expert on yourself and our working relationship as a partnership in which I am there to work with you in a way that suits you.

Working integratively means that rather than sticking to one formulaic way of working, I draw insights from different theories of personality and psychotherapy in order to personalise my approach to you as an individual who deserves a tailor-made response. I work using ideas from:

  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative methods
  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
  • Gestalt Theory
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy

First session

Counselling can feel a bit daunting, especially if this is new to you, so whether we work together via Zoom (or similar platform) or meet face-to-face, I'll do my best to put you at your ease from the start. It can often help to get a picture of your past history as this can provide useful background information, but I'll always seek to go at your pace and if a subject is difficult I'll be sensitive to that. My hope is that right from the start this will be a gentle process of revealing the roots of issues and offering ways to learn from, overcome and move forward into a life that isn't weighed down by the past.

What about confidentiality?

It's really important that you feel you can trust me with what may be very personal issues, so our work will be confidential except under a few very specific circumstances where legal and ethical considerations would override confidentiality. I'll always explain these exceptions to you in our initial consultation so you'll know what to expect.

You may have struggles around one or more of the following issues

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work-related problems
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Childlessness
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting
  • Miscarriage, abortion, and stillbirth
  • Sex and pornography addiction
  • Redundancy
  • Trauma
  • Unemployment
  • Gambling

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you don't see your issue listed here, why not give me a call to see if I can help? You don't have to shoulder these burdens alone - we can work together in the search for a better future.

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