I am trained in five different types of therapy, which I tend to use in a flexible and integrative manner. The main premise of my work is to provide you with a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space in which you can explore difficulties and concerns, discover more about yourself in relation to others, and become empowered to make choices about your life.
This is a humanistic approach to counselling drawing on the work of Carl Rogers, whereby the therapist aims to offer empathy to the client, creating an open and genuine environment in which the client feels valued and understood. This in turn helps the client to begin to accept themselves and empowers them to reach their full potential.
Relational Psychodynamic Therapy:
Psychodynamic therapy is generally a more long term form of therapy which explores the client’s early experiences of relationship and how these have influenced the defences which we all develop in life. This form of therapy offers the opportunity for clients to explore difficult, often unconscious, feelings, desires and conflicts which may be holding them back in relationships with others.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
CBT is a popular form of therapy in which client and therapist work together to recognise how our thoughts influence our feelings and our behaviour. CBT requires the client to be proactive in sessions, and often involves quite practical exercises such as role playing and homework assignments. CBT can be very effective in combating stress, depression and anxiety, as well as with eating disorders and problematic health behaviours.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
DBT is an evidence based treatment for Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. However it has also been proven effective for all types of risky or unhealthy behaviours such as suicidality, self harm, eating disorders and substance abuse.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy is a highly protocolised treatment for trauma, used to treat PTSD. It is also very effective for a range of distressing conditions such as extreme anxiety, low self esteem and depression.
The emphasis is on finding the most appropriate type of therapy for you, which may often involve drawing on different schools at different times.