“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
– Carl Rogers
Through sensitive interaction, active listening and intuitive intervention I strive to create an environment that enables the people I work with to feel safe. In this atmosphere of security and transparency we can explore the presenting and underlying issues that have prompted you to seek therapy.
I believe that everyone holds the key to their own healing and that my role is to help you access your own potential. I work with body awareness, as well as with the mind and emotions, and use techniques of mindfulness and creative expression to assist in therapy. I am also interested in the role our early relationships with primary caregivers plays in our capacity to relate to others today.
I am especially effective in engendering feelings of safety in clients, combating shame and restoring a sense of self-trust. As I have progressed in my practice I have become more and more interested in finding the most effective approach to empower clients to find their own optimal path to wellbeing, rather than imposing my own, psychology’s or society’s vision of “mental health” on people.
Research shows that the most important aspect of any counselling or therapy to create a positive outcome is the relationship between client and therapist. The person-centred approach (founded by Carl Rogers) is therefore well placed to help create the best conditions for positive change to occur. My Integrative training enables me to incorporate other psychological models into this general humanistic position when required. So elements of CBT, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic also come into my work.
When specific and structured support is needed to assist behavioural change we will together decide what might be the best set of tools to help you. Part of each weekly session might then be used to explore your progress in implementing new ways of thinking and behaving.
Sadly, there is no quick fix in therapy, because the underlying issues that have caused the problem need to be resolved before long-lasting change can occur. But with persistence, empathy and skillful assistance attitudes and abilities that were previously unimaginable can be brought into being.