How I Work
There are many different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. I trained and work fundamentally as a person-centred psychotherapist and counsellor, the theoretical foundations for which were pioneered by American psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1950's. Rogers is perhaps best known for his emphasis on the roles of empathy, genuineness and acceptance as essential healing components of the therapeutic relationship and which to this day form the cornerstone of the many contemporary counselling and psychotherapy modalities. He also upheld that the it is the client who is the expert, the client who truly knows what they think and feel.
Aligning with person-centred thinking, my role therefore as therapist is to hear and listen to the personal difficulties, the blocks and challenges that you are currently facing in your life; to try and understand what it's like to be you so that you can come to understand yourself more fully and as a result make healthier life choices and decisions.
Whatever you want to bring about yourself is welcome and rather than give you advice or try to 'fix you', I will be working with and alongside you on your exploratory journey. The counselling room is a space away from your everyday life where you can be listened to and heard in confidence and an invitation to explore any aspect of yourself more deeply - general worries that are causing you anxiety, your relationships, a loss of a loved one, your feelings about yourself, for example - so that in time you can manage your life with greater self awareness and acceptance.