As an integrative counsellor, I am influenced by my training in the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions, as well as my background in complementary medicine.
Psychodynamic counselling views our early life experiences as the foundation of how we relate to ourselves and others. It places particular emphasis on the relationship between client and counsellor, their dynamic, and offers the client a means to understanding the unconscious forces at play in their lives. The client is encouraged to open up and explore unresolved issues and conflict hidden in their unconscious that may be affecting their mood and behaviour.
Person-centred counselling seeks to put the client at the centre of the work at all times, seeing them as the expert rather than the counsellor. At its heart is the belief that we all have an innate tendency to be our best selves given the right conditions, the absence of which can lead to great emotional distress. The person-centred counsellor strives to recreate these core conditions for the individual and facilitate their journey towards self-actualisation.
My approach to integration is to bring together different elements of psychodynamic and person-centred theory, adapting at all times to the individual client. I do not subscribe to the idea that a ‘one size fits all’ model can help bring about lasting change in a person’s life. We each create our own story of who we are, one that is unique to us and that only we can tell. It is in this that I am particularly interested – how we tell our stories and the meaning we make of them in our lives. I offer all my clients a safe, nurturing space in which they can share their unique selves, and stories, with another.
I have worked with a diverse range of clients, both as a counsellor and in my voluntary work, and, in negotiation with the client, can offer both short and long-term counselling.
I am fully insured and attend regular supervision. I am also committed to continued professional development and, as such, attend lectures, workshops and courses to expand my theoretical repertoire.