It can be hard to know what to expect from counselling and to understand all the different options available and so I hope this page will give you a bit of information about how I work.
The relationship developed between us is key, creating trust and this is essential for effective counselling. I believe that you are your own expert, you have autonomy and my role is to walk beside you as you explore and grow. As an integrative counsellor I value your uniqueness and knowing that no two clients are the same, I work with each person individually, depending on what suits you. Below you'll find some information about each of my modalities and the techniques I am trained in.
Person Centred Counselling:
This is the core of who I am. Valuing each person, offering acceptance in a non-judgemental and genuine way, and listening to you empathetically, understanding what it’s like to walk in your shoes. This is a non-directive theory and I follow you where you lead. I am not the expert in your life and believe that you know and understand yourself and my role is to guide you in this, ask questions and help you better understand yourself.
Transactional Analysis (TA):
TA is a relatable, logical and rational theory and helps us understand our patterns, how we behave with those around us, things we have learned growing up and how our past is resonating in the present. It explores our history and helps to understand what has shaped us, allowing us to choose what we keep and what we let go. It gives us the ability to choose who and how we want to be and allows for growth and if we choose change. TA is empowering, and you will gain the knowledge and tools to apply it in your daily life.
Through Gestalt I appreciate that the body and mind are connected, that our pain and experiences often show themselves physically and I encourage you to recognise physical responses to your feelings. For example, when you feel anxious your heart may beat faster. In recognising your bodies reactions it acknowledges your feelings and helps you learn how to ground yourself earlier.
Gestalt focuses on now, the present and how we experience our lives in the here and now. Gestalt is experimental and has techniques designed to provide closure for past events. This can include writing letters and diaries to use in sessions or drawing and creative work. At all times you have a choice about what we try and we will never do anything that you don’t want to.
If you struggle with intrusive thoughts or flash backs, rewind can help. Rewind provides closure for past events without the need to disclose the details and gives you control over your memories, changing the way they are stored in your brain. I use this as part of our therapy and using my other theories we will explore residual feelings about this life event and help you understand those while Rewind helps you get rid of the flash back itself. Rewind can be used with PTSD, trauma, car accidents, medical trauma, bullying, rape, abuse, violence, burglaries and natural disasters, among others.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be