I am an Integrative Counsellor which means that I use elements of different theoretical approaches in my work. I use Person Centred, Gestalt and CBT, which are outlined on the BACP website here. In working integratively with these approaches I can help clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour. Counselling offers the chance to step back from what can seem overwhelming or confusing and gives the time and space to reflect and make sense of things. In addition to assisting you in understanding your situation, I can help you to identify your strengths and resources and develop strategies to build resilience and contentment. My approach has been described as showing great compassion and understanding of clients. I believe that developing compassion for ourselves and others can be of great benefit and this is central to how I work.
My approach offers different ways of working with people to suit their particular needs. I offer clients a warm and non-judgemental space to work in and an open and supportive working relationship. I see counselling as being a collaboration - this begins with us agreeing what you would like to achieve from counselling and how we can work towards that and continues with us regularly checking in that we're on track and meeting your needs.
Counselling is a boundaried and ethical profession. As a registered member of the BACP I take my commitments to my clients and my profession seriously and I always outline and agree my responsibilities (such as confidentiality) and those of our working agreement before counselling begins. Please contact me if you have any queries, I'll be happy to discuss them with you.