I provide a confidential, non-judgemental space for you to think and talk about your difficulties freely. By understanding more about yourself and the way you relate to others, you can develop different ways of coping with painful situations and feelings.
I work as integrative counsellor drawing on the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions in order to provide you with support in exploring any difficulties you are experiencing, increasing your self-awareness and helping you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships with others.
As a humanistic psychotherapist I respect each individual’s ability to make their own decisions. My work with you will not be about giving advice or deciding what is best for you. Instead, through discussion and exploration, I will work with you in a caring, non-judgemental environment to help you clarify your own beliefs, values and priorities so that you can reach your own decisions on what is best for you.
Psychodynamic therapy, in brief, recognises the importance of past experience and how it shapes current behaviour and relationships enabling the individual to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships. The approach focuses on the dynamics of relating, and in particular how some problematic aspects may be occurring between client and therapist. A deeper understanding is gained through analysis of the client’s thoughts, feelings, dreams, and memories, following any thread which associates them to previous relationships or situations.
Whatever issue that you, the client, present with, I work with the whole person. Together we explore not only how you experience yourself in relation to the problem, but to others in your life, to your values, as well as to me, the therapist. We examine the problem in the context of your worldview and its underlying attitudes, and how you interpret the significance of your relationships and life events. The process inevitably takes you back to that time in your childhood when you were dependent on others. This is not to apportion blame, but to understand the influences that shaped you in your early years of development and which still live on in your relationships today.