I provide counselling for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress management, low self esteem, sleep problems, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, parenting support and trauma.
My general approach to counselling is to be client-centred and to tailor therapy to each client’s needs and preferences. As such I use different strategies and approaches with different clients and at different times during therapy. Over the years I have found the most important factor in therapy is the relationship I have with my clients. Ideally we should feel comfortable with each other and share a warm and caring relationship, although I know this can take time to develop, particularly if a client is feeling nervous or scared about therapy.
Clients often ask me what I ‘do’ in therapy and what ‘models’ I use. Generally in therapy I listen to you, your story, issues and goals. Together, through the use of careful questioning and observations, we explore the roots of problems and identify strengths and solutions.
Broadly my approach is ‘eclectic’ – that is I draw on different approaches. Generally I use an approach that could be called humanistic, attachment focussed and psychodynamic. Often this is combined with sensori-motor psychotherapy, mindfulness and art-based therapy strategies. I also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focussed Therapy and Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) as needed. Sometimes I also support clients in using writing based therapies such as therapeutic journal-writing or creative writing strategies.
I also actively use psychoeducation to help my clients develop skills in mindfulness, relaxation, communication and stress management.