I believe that the key to the success of any type of therapy is the relationship of trust that is established between client and therapist. I promote a calm, empathetic, supportive and non-judgmental therapy environment. It is important to me that my clients feel safe to express themselves at their own pace.
I facilitate a journey of self-discovery through various therapeutic methods. I work with a holistic approach and will tailor therapy to individual needs and personal circumstances. I practice an integrative form of counselling/psychotherapy which means I draw from a framework of different therapeutic models, theories and techniques using them creatively and flexibly for each person. These might include CBT, psychodynamic, person-centred, humanistic, mindfulness, and movement/body psychotherapy. I also offer creative ways of working to facilitate the expression of emotions and thoughts that cannot always easily be expressed by words alone.
My approach promotes a broad view of the client’s relationships and past life events, and what effects these are having in the present moment. The experiences we have during childhood have a profound influence on the way we relate with others and the perception we have of ourselves and the world around us. We develop patterns early in life that we carry forward and these can be further reinforced by later experiences. Personal needs that have not been met may trigger frustration, depression or anger in situations that we perceive as similar, but we are not aware of. In summary, I help my clients to make the connection between past events and present behaviours and promote awareness of unhealthy patterns.
I strongly believe in the connection between the body and the mind. Our bodies carry stories from our past and it is one of the most powerful vehicles for expressing, releasing and learning to control emotions. My expertise is to include the body and movement in the psychotherapy. I am able to provide clients with tools to help them to live more fully in their bodies, to become more grounded, relaxed and aware of their body sensations and emotions
I am experienced in working with problems related to the body such as distorted perception of body or lack of body awareness. Clients frequently uncover emotions that are stored in the body and are manifested through physical symptoms. I use body techniques and mindfulness to help clients to self-regulate states of panic and anxiety. This can also help with managing chronic physical pain.
Psychotherapy can bring a sense of control and awareness, which leads to clients feeling empowered and more connected with themselves and others. Often, this results in an increase in self-esteem and confidence, which can include the acceptance of things that cannot be changed. This gives a sense of happiness and optimism for the future.