My goal in providing psychotherapy and counselling is to help you to heal from difficult past experiences, cope with your current circumstances, grow and develop as a unique individual, and experience greater fulfilment in your life, work and relationships.
Research has shown that the most important factor influencing the effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client. I strive to build an honest, trusting and collaborative relationship with you, in which you can feel secure enough to address what is most challenging for you. I provide a safe and empathic space in which you can explore your experience and develop the inner resources you need to move towards greater freedom and well-being.
I am trained in many different ways of helping people, including both traditional therapeutic methods and new techniques supported by recent research. I work from an integrative perspective, which means that I draw on a range of theories and techniques in a flexible way, depending on what you may need at each moment. As a result, I can adapt how I work in order to meet your unique individual needs, rather than using a “one size fits all” method. I draw predominantly on the following two approaches to psychotherapy and counselling:
Psychodynamic therapy is based on the principle that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by unconscious internal conflicts. In psychodynamic therapy, clients explore the dynamics of current relationships and behaviours, and discover how these dynamics may be influenced by past events, including childhood experiences. The resulting insights can lead to a decrease in distress and improvements in functioning and well-being.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
CBT emphasises how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviours. Our past experiences can shape the way we think, sometimes leading to thinking patterns which cause emotional distress and self-destructive behaviour. In cognitive behaviour therapy, the client learns strategies to challenge unhelpful thoughts and change behaviour patterns, leading to improved well-being and effectiveness.
In addition to these two main approaches, I draw on theory and techniques from the person-centred, gestalt, and existential schools of psychotherapy and counselling, as well as the latest research in psychology and neuroscience.