I am a Humanistic counsellor with a Psychodynamic - Integrative approach.
Humanistic means I believe all human beings to have potential. Humanistic therapies focus on self-development and growth. We need the right environment to reach our potential, which is not always there whilst we grow up. Humanistic counselling therefore aims at providing an opportunity to recognise your strengths, creativity and choice in the ‘here and now’.
Psychodynamic counselling uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into unconscious relationship patterns that evolved since childhood. Memories, dreams and other evidence of early relationships are used to make sense of current concerns.
Psychodynamic practice aims to help you make sense of your existing situation and of the feelings and thoughts and associated memories that are brought about by this situation. In psychodynamic counselling, these feelings, thoughts, images and even dreams can be looked at to gain deeper understanding of how you relate to yourself and to others.
Integrative means that as a counsellor I use insights from a variety of models depending on what feels right for you.
My approach is supportive and involved, empathic and sensitive. I talk in a straight-forward way, often inviting you to explore patterns of behaving and relating with others. I aim to create a safe space for you to share and reflect, to increase awareness and deepen understanding of what is going on for you and what you truly want, and to find your own way forwards towards solutions, acceptance and healing. I may also help you to identify practical approaches which can help you in making changes in your everyday life.