I work with individuals in both a short and long term capacity. We’d work out the way you want to work in our first few sessions.
We’d then begin by exploring your situation, understanding what is challenging you and where you’d like to see change. Exploring can involve talking or the use of psychotherapeutic tools which would help to either further explore an issue or which specifically help to bring about change.
A lot of what makes therapy work is the unique “chemistry” between the therapist and client. So it’s a good idea to meet a potential therapist “in real life” to see how you feel working together.
For some, the theoretical orientation of the therapist is important. I am an integrative therapist, which means I am trained on a number of approaches. Below you’ll find some of the theoretical models I draw from and a brief description of each.
Psychodynamic approaches involve looking at how unconscious aspects of the psyche have an impact in the here and now. These can be unearthed by talking about childhood experience and by examining how relationships in the present are being influenced by your own projections.
The humanistic perspective suggest that within each of us is an innate tendency to grow and to heal. Humanistic therapists focus on removing blocks which may prevent this tendency. While Humanistic approaches relate to the attitude and perspective of the therapist as much as to specific tools, there are also tools which can help remove blocks. These include gestalt and Transpersonal techniques such as chair work, creative visualisation and exploring how you experience feeling in your body.
Creative approaches such as drawing and guided meditation and visualisation allow exploration of feelings where talking alone is not sufficient. Such techniques can help to understand different aspects of our psyche, but also to accelerate processes of transformation.
While some dreams are simply a reflection of powerful unprocessed feelings in waking life, other dreams can provide guidance into your psychological and spiritual development. I am trained in how to explore the unique meaning your dreams provide to help guide you.
I have trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and can provide tools and resources to look at how thought patterns have become distorted and can be better managed. Similarly, Mindfulness techniques encourage us to create a perspective separate from the ongoing narrative of the mind. The development of this witness position helps to strengthen our sense of self and our ability to self-regulate thought patterns and feelings.
If you’ve any questions about how I work, please feel free to arrange an initial session or to email me. Details of getting in touch are on my contact me page.