HOW I WORK
I employ various methods and techniques from a range of approaches, basing my practice mainly in humanistic counselling. Humanistic counselling focuses on the natural capacity of the individual – given the right environment – for growth, self-direction and personal integrity.
Sometimes, people come for counselling because a specific change – illness, bereavement, unemployment, a relationship break-down – has occurred in their life which has brought up difficult feelings. Others come because they realise they have problems with a deeper root, perhaps going back to childhood. By working with problems that are troubling you in the ‘here and now’, we can identify patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving which may have begun in childhood or adolescence and are still dominating your life.
Working with a therapist
My aim is to provide a safe place where you can explore your true feelings and begin the process of inner change. My focus is on helping individuals recognise their intrinsic value, strength and capacity for healing. The relationship between counsellor and client is crucial for successful outcomes. I take this responsibility seriously and consider it a privilege to accompany you on your journey. My role is not to give you advice, but to help you clarify the problems you are dealing with and become more aware of your choices. I provide a safe space where you can go deeper into your issues, and which will help you to discover a life free from the bonds of the past.
For some patients I also draw ideas and techniques from 12 step programmes. The 12-Step framework is a set of guiding principles, first described in the 1930s by the founding members of Alcoholics Anonymous, that provide an effective course of action for individuals suffering from addiction.