How I work
I offer my clients the opportunity to talk about their issues in a safe, trusting, caring, respectful, empathic and non-judgemental environment.
I integrate a variety of approaches, skills and techniques gained from years of training and experience, as appropriate and tailored to suit each individual or couple’s specific needs and situation.
Working collaboratively, I endeavour to help clients develop their personal awareness and understanding of difficulties by encouraging and facilitating exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, significant relationships and relevant experiences – with a view to:
understanding how clients have come to be who and how they are
identifying the roots of clients present difficulties
- alleviating emotional distress
recognising repeating patterns in behaviours and relationships
facilitating clients in gaining insight into their impact on others
supporting and appropriately challenging clients whilst they manage their issues and effect changes
The overall objective is aiming to result in a positive, healing outcome for my clients.
Ultimately, clients may use their enhanced self-awareness to allow them to take appropriate control and responsibility for themselves, to improve the quality and enjoyment of their relationships and to make informed choices and decisions in their current and future life.
As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their professional standards and work within their Code of Ethics.
I hold an Enhanced CRB / DBS Certificate and professional insurance. I undertake regular supervision and am committed to ongoing professional development to ensure that I offer an effective and quality service.
My approach to counselling is Relational (which incorporates ‘Person-Centred’ and ‘Psychodynamic’ traditions).
I regard people as individually unique and fundamentally good.
Environment, experiences and relationships (including our relationship with ourselves) all have an impact on who and how we are.
Our counselling relationship is therefore fundamentally important to the process of therapy.
I believe that each one of us, has within ourselves, vast resources for self-understanding, altering self-beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and the potential for self-growth – which can be enabled by empathic, safe, effective counselling.