- I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor (see my approach)
- I am fully insured
- I am DBS (disclosing and barring service) checked
- I am a qualified trauma therapist
- I am trained in Mindfulness
- I meet regularly with a clinical supervisor to review my work.
I have trained as an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor. I am predominantly Person-Centred in my approach, although I have also trained in Gestalt and Transactional Analysis counselling and integrate elements of these approaches in my work.
As my practice has developed I have developed a more relational approach to therapy which encourages recognition of the role relationships play in the shaping of our daily experiences. This can promote understanding of patterns of developed behaviour, thoughts and feelings. I believe that strong fulfilling relationships with other individuals can help to maintain an individual’s emotional well-being.
I have also trained in Mindfulness which may help a client develop skills to help cope with stresses of modern life.
This means I believe we all have a tendency to move towards what we need in life, so long as the conditions (including care and love) around us are, and have been, supportive and accepting of our needs. Many of us learn, sometimes very early on in life, that some of our real needs and feelings are not acceptable to others, and therefore we find it difficult to accept them ourselves. This can result in anxiety, depression, shame, emotional numbness, self-hatred and other forms of distress, as we adapt ourselves and ignore our true needs.