When you come to a counselling session with me…
I shall see the person, not the problem. In my 9 years of private practice, with individuals, couples, families, and businesses, seeing children, adolescents and adults, I have never met anyone who doesn't welcome a warm, soothing, quiet space in which to explore their sadness, loss, worry, grief, anger, confusion, guilt, shame, helplessness or hopelessness. So when you come to me, there won't be a waiting room full of overwhelmed patients to navigate, not even a receptionist you have to smilingly engage with - I shall greet you at the door. I shall welcome you into a simple comfortable room that doesn't have a whiff of clinical analysis about it. Because, like me, you will need a private and personal space, in which we can begin to build that healing therapeutic relationship.
There will be a simple form to fill out and then, in comfortable conversation, I shall guide you to share your story, your concerns and issues. But don't worry, it’s not all doom and gloom - there’s rarely a session I don't share at least a chuckle, if not a good laugh, with my client - shared laughter really is the best medicine! Together, we will explore the many facets of your dilemma and in that process you will develop awareness and insights.
When the session is finished you will have found relief in sharing your story and you will have tailored strategies to begin using immediately. You won't be aware of the multiplicity of therapies I have seamlessly employed throughout the session, though I will be transparent about what I see playing into your issues and what I believe might be useful therapeutic ways forward.
Even when you have left my counselling room, our therapeutic relationship will continue - with your permission, and employing a narrative therapy technique, I shall contact you within the week to hear of any concerns you have and to celebrate and support positive changes you are making.
I love the work I do - to share that healing connection with a client is a humbling privilege that I will never take for granted. Here are the major therapies that I creatively integrate according to a client’s unique needs:
Acceptance Commitment Therapy ACT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT
Mindfulness Based Therapy
Dialectic Behavioural Therapy DB
Solution Focused Therapy
Strength Based Therapy
Emotional Focused Therapy EFT
Transactional Analysis TA
Internal Family Systems IFS
Interactive Drawing Therapy IDT
Emotional Freedom Technique TAPPING
Gestalt Therapy Techniques
Family Systems Therapy
I also use a variety of counselling modalities through which to deliver these therapies, according to the contextual needs of each client - Face to face counselling can be supported by telephone, Skype, FaceTime, email, or webchat to produce the changes a client seeks. I also provide home visits for clients who are housebound.