As an integrative counsellor, I draw on multiple therapeutic theories to tailor my approach to each person which fits with my belief that everyone is an individual with their own experience of life.
My integrative approach is based on authenticity and insight; through a relationship where we can both be honest, genuine and accepting, we can discover things about you and your experience and then use this knowledge to effect lasting change.
It is my belief that the therapeutic relationship itself is the vehicle for change so I work to provide a space that is empathic, supportive, confidential, non-judgemental and safe for us to explore the themes and experiences that you want to.
While whatever is troubling you may be in the present or future, it can be helpful to consider the past and discover the source of any difficulties you are experiencing. I subscribe to the idea that we often unconsciously repeat patterns in relationships that reflect those from our younger years. Once we have an understanding of these patterns we are then able to maintain an awareness of them and choose whether to repeat them or do things differently thus giving you a greater sense of control over your life.
In the main I am influenced by psychodynamic and person-centred approaches but also have training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as others that I sometimes draw on.