Passion | Collaboration | Exploration | Curiosity | Honesty
What you can expect from me – how my values guide my work
I hold a genuine passion for supporting individuals in the difficulties they face. I love to learn and continually seek to further develop my knowledge, experience and understanding of the human condition through regular supervision and training.
Our work together is collaborative, and as such we work together to set a goal for counselling and move towards that. Goals are driven by you the client and we work together to achieve them.
Exploration and curiosity – For many issues we face there are no answers, and there are definitely no quick fixes when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. As such counselling is about being open to exploring our concerns and adopting a curious approach to life’s potential and possibilities.
Honesty – I believe in being transparent and honest with clients I work with in an attempt to facilitate real and genuine connection.
What approaches do you use?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a therapeutic approach that looks at how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interlinked. It aims to help us identify unhelpful thought and/or behaviour patterns that contribute to a particular problem or set of problems and identify or establish alternative or more helpful ways of thinking/behaving. For more information about CBT click here.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT in a nutshell is based around a set of core principles that involve developing an understanding of what matters to us, the driving forces in our life, this in turn allows us to set more committed and meaningful goals. It establishes strategies to enable us to overcome barriers to achieving what we want for our lives, as well as exploring ways to be open to managing those things that we cannot change. It is an evidence based approach that falls under the umbrella of cognitive behavioural therapy. For a far more comprehensive overview of ACT click here.
Integrative Humanistic Counselling
A term more commonly used in the UK, this approach essentially acknowledges that our human condition can be understand through multiple lenses, and no one therapy will work for all. Therefore drawing on multiple approaches according to an individual's needs can be helpful. It also highlights the similarities between most therapies, that is; the importance of empathy, congruence and being non-judgemental within the counselling space. In line with that it posits the importance of the therapeutic relationship as essential to effective counselling.