It is important to find the best counsellor for you. Here is some information about the way I work that may help you to decide if we could work effectively together.
Counselling is talking therapy that helps people resolve issues in a safe, supportive, and confidential setting. It is generally short term and goal oriented. It involves identifying options, learning new skills to cope better with problems, gaining clarity, or being supported while recovering from a significant life event.
Psychotherapy is a type counselling that focuses on deepening understanding of how past experiences affect us in the present, and developing more insight into unconscious motivations. It is usually longer term (more than 10 sessions) and oriented toward personal growth and development. Click here for more information about psychotherapy.
Whether for a shorter or
longer term, I will use a
client-centred approach drawing on
humanistic, existential, and
as well as applying a
cognitive behavioural approach
to facilitate change.
Counselling Approaches I Use
Counselling and Psychotherapy are broad fields with diverse treatment methods. As an integrative therapist, I am trained in a range of techniques, and use those most appropriate to the client's needs. While the training and use of these is complex, I have listed some brief points to give you an idea of how we might work together. Some specific techniques I am trained in are:
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Explore recurring patterns of experience and behaviour, to further insight and self-understanding for long term change.
Existential Therapy: Identify a deeper sense of meaning and purpose to life, learn to live in a more personally fulfilling and authentic way.
Narrative Therapy: Explore personal experiences and beliefs that powerfully influence you, and create more meaningful narratives by which you would like to live.
Emotionally Focused Therapy: An experiential approach to explore, transform and manage your emotional experiences.
Solution Focused Therapy: Work collaboratively to implement positive changes by building on your resources and strengths.
Walk & Talk Therapy: A therapeutic conversation in an outdoor, natural environment, integrating mind and body.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): Increase awareness and control over thought patterns, learn coping strategies, such as relaxation techniques, communication, and problem-solving skills.
Motivational Interviewing: Help you explore and resolve uncertainty, and achieve changes you want to make in your life, e.g. overcoming habits or addictions.