How I Work
Updated: Feb 1, 2018
During my 23 years as a counsellor, I have been fortunate to work at a GP surgery, giving me a wealth of experience in working with people with a variety of difficulties.
I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy which means I have met the strict standards required to be on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers.
The First Session
Your first session will assess where you are: why you have come for help and what the problem is. We'll also look at what you want to achieve.
I work in what is called an integrative way.
There are many different types of counselling and psychotherapy: TA (Transactional
Analysis), Person Centred, CBT. Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Humanist.............to name but a few. An integrative therapist has trained in several of these methods and is able to use them appropriately to treat different people in a specific and appropriate way.
Humanistic counselling helps people to realise their own power and to take responsibility for their own development and growth. The goal is to enable the client to learn new ways of dealing with old problems while learning about themselves along the way.
I work using Humanistic methodology in combination with CBT , psychodynamic, TA, Gestalt (which involves art, drama and dream work) , family systems and behavioural approaches, depending on the need of the client.
The strength of the integrative model is that some types of therapy work better with certain disorders than others and it enables the therapist to work flexibly with the client to find the best solution.