Psychotherapy Approach #01

Time For You - About Psychotherapy

'It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure', - Joseph Campbell

Counselling and Psychotherapy gives you the opportunity to be listened to in a non-judgemental way about the difficulties you are experiencing. It provides a supportive and confidential relationship where you have the space to explore your feelings and thoughts and gain insight into your situation. It can enable you to gain clarity about yourself and develop creative solutions to move forward in your life.

It can offer emotional support and help you explore a wide range of issues such as:

  • Stress, anxiety and worry
  • Relationships issues
  • Family relationships
  • Social and work issues
  • Redundancy
  • bullying and harrassment
  • Low self-esteem
  • Confidence Building
  • Coping with loss
  • Bereavement
  • Panic attacks and phobias
  • Depression, and
  • Life direction questions
  • Childhood issues
  • Gender issues
  • Effects of a traumatic event
  • Illness and disability
  • Spiritual questions or struggles


    My Personal Approach

    My theoretical orientation is Integrative and my philosophy of the human being is a broadly humanistic view; to realise our full potential and develop our sense of self through our life. Certain experiences and messages we receive growing up lead to unhelpful negative thoughts and core beliefs about ourselves, which hinder our ability to be all that we can be. Life events can also impact on us and our level of functioning. With the nurturing conditions of a positive therapeutic relationship, we can be helped to understand the injunctions we have experienced and achieve a more integrated image of ourselves and a movement towards meaning and fulfillment.

    Below is a description of the main approaches I incorporate into my practice or that influence my approach:

    Integrative Psychotherapy
    This is when several models of counselling and psychotherapy are integrated in an holistic method, which addresses clients individual needs.

    Humanistic Psychotherapy
    This embraces personal growth with emphasis on the persons resources and potential, rather than dysfunctional behaviour. 'Client-centred' is often used and the client’s creative drive may be used to explore and resolve personal issues.

    Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
    This approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in determining current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship (the dynamics) and in particular on the transference. Transference is when the client projects onto the therapist feelings experienced in previous significant relationships.

    Biographical Counselling
    Based on the psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of life, it works with past, present and future. It is based on the understanding that many of the questions and struggles that we meet in our individual lives are at the same time the developmental questions of our phase of life. It considers the person's lifestory and tasks with which their biography presents them.

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    Based on the idea that emotions and behaviour are closely connected to thinking styles, CBT aims to challenge and alter negative thought processes which lead to distress. By identifying negative core beliefs we can explore and replace them with more realistic beliefs about ourselves and others.

    I incorporate various creative arts methods and CBT techniques where appropriate and agreed with the client.

    You can find me listed in the national UKCP directory and BACP directory



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