About psychotherapy and counselling at my practice
A safe and confidential space
So many of us try to cope with life's challenges on our own - perhaps believing that nobody can help and that friends are too busy with their own lives to be able to listen. Talking about our experiences in a counselling session with someone who will not judge us can gradually transform these feelings of isolation and provide hope.
Considering alternative perspectives within a trusted psychotherapy and counselling relationship can result in new ways of relating to ourselves and the people around us. It can lead to a more helpful and less critical attitude to ourselves, and a better understanding of other people, as well as a more balanced view of our lives.
Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
My training is in Integrative Psychotherapy. Integrative psychotherapists use a number of different theoretical perspectives, bringing these together into a personalised approach which can be tailored to individual clients.
My integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy incorporates thinking from humanistic and developmental psychology, relational psychotherapy, neurobiology, family systems and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
I draw on theories which emphasise the fundamentally social nature of human beings and their need for dependable relationships throughout their lives. You are who you are, not just because of your genetic make-up, but because of your experiences with the people around you. For example, if your parents or caregivers were somewhat unresponsive, judgemental or harsh, you may find it harder to trust people now. Understanding this is a first step towards enjoying more rewarding, closer relationships.
My approach to psychotherapy also emphasises the importance of the body-mind connecton. Feelings are felt in the body as well as in the mind, and body awareness helps develop self-understanding and self-compassion, as well as promoting general relaxation and a sense of well-being.
I welcome questions about my approach to psychotherapy and counselling.