My training is in a Humanistic and Integrative model of counselling. Humanistic means that I focus on you as a whole, taking into account all of your needs. Integrative means that I use techniques and tools from different counselling and therapy approaches to tailor a method that works for you. Overall my approach is relational and by forming a trusting and non-judgmental relationship we can work together to enhance your self-awareness and self-acceptance.
Counselling is not about me being the expert and telling you what you need to do to change your life. You are the expert on you and I will need to get to know all about what makes you tick and what your struggles are. We will journey together exploring your birth family culture, the experiences that have shaped you, your relationships and where you are in your life now.
From my training as a Play Therapist I am comfortable using creative and projective techniques to help to explore issues with a degree of distance. Some people find creative approaches and projective techniques help to bring a different perspective on something that seems not to change or for which you have no words. In Creative Counselling I might suggest using paint, pencils, crayons or pens to explore your emotions in line, shape and colour. I might also suggest using images, pebbles or buttons to look at family relationships or to draw a timeline of your challenges and successes in life.
Creativity doesn't work for everyone, so I can do 'just' sitting and talking too. I will try to work within your comfort zone although that doesn't mean there won't be any challenge.
Counselling usually works best if we meet weekly and have an appointment at the same time on the same day each week. Our sessions will be of 50 minutes duration. Some people find that short-term counselling for a specific issue is what they want and others feel that a longer-term arrangement might be best. We will agree together what works for you and your circumstances.
Counselling is all about the relationship you have with your counsellor so please contact me to meet for an initial session. The first session is for us both to decide whether we can work together - if I can meet your needs with my experience and if you like the way I work.
If you decide after the first session to continue I would suggest you attend at least six sessions to give the relationship time to develop. We will review your goals and my approach regularly so we can work together on creating sessions that meet your needs.