Areas of Expertise
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT looks at thinking patterns, underlying assumptions and core beliefs. CBT is often very structured in its approach and may involve some tasks at home, including thought diaries and journals, which can then be looked at in further detail with your counsellor.
Psychodynamic counselling originates from the work of Freud, Jung and other key thinkers from the psychoanalytic field. Its primary focus is on our unconscious, inner world, which influences how we think, feel and behave, and often involves the exploration of early childhood experiences, as well as some dream analysis.
Humanistic / Person Centred
Humanistic counselling covers a number of different approaches, including Person-Centred Therapy and Existential Therapy. Humanistic therapies tend to focus on personal growth by exploring our experiences in the here and now, and identifying where our strengths lie.
The couples therapy model that I work with has been designed by Juliet Grayson, and focuses on communication skills and relationship patterns. The emphasis tends to be on helping couples find more effective ways of communicating their needs to each other so that they are better able to have those needs met.
There are many different types of talking therapies out there, and it can be difficult to know which one to pick.
I work in an integrative way, allowing me to offer different methods and approaches, depending on what your needs are.
I have experience in a wide range of issues, and regularly attendance of workshops and training courses in order to keep abreast of current research.
What to expect
Coming to counselling for the first time can be a daunting experience. In your initial session, we can talk about how we are going to work together and any particular anxieties you may have about counselling. We can also talk about what you would like to gain from counselling. You can then make the decision as to whether you'd like to book any further sessions.
It's up to you how many sessions you would like to have. You may find that you have achieved what you wanted to after only a few sessions, or you may feel that some longer term work would be of benefit.