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 feelings of isolation, hopelessness or doubt.
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. Neurobiologists now recognise that psychotherapy can actually change the brain by strengthening our ability to regulate our emotional responses, helping us live more calmly.
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. If relationships have been unreliable or even abusive in the past, you may be more vulnerable to feeling rejected and let down by others. You may even have decided that nobody is worth the trouble. These feelings can be explored and challenged in therapy.
My approach also emphasises the importance of the body-mind connection and incorporates techniques which promote body awareness. I believe this 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.