Psychotherapeutic counselling offers you an opportunity to explore the issues that are making your life a struggle. This exploration will progress at a pace that you are comfortable with. It may involve developing coping strategies, discussing negative thought processes, or practising relaxation techniques. It may also involve the exploration of your past and how this impacts your current difficulties, though this is not an essential part of counselling.
Psychotherapy, however, is different to counselling and does usually involve exploring, in some depth, the ways in which your family history has influenced your current life and struggles. Please do remember that this will happen at your own pace, and I will be there to support and guide you along the way.
My core training is in Transactional Analysis, and I use an integrative relational humanistic approach to therapy. This means that my therapy is guided by your needs as I walk alongside you on your journey. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including gestalt therapy, guided imagery, metaphor, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and sand tray therapy. On occasion, I may also use other, more creative, methods to explore feelings that are more difficult to describe.
Taking the first step towards therapy can be daunting, and it’s quite normal not to be sure what you want, or hope to gain from the experience. This is where I can help. Together, we can explore what therapy can do for you, and how you can work towards overcoming the difficulties you are experiencing. At times, it may be overwhelming, and that’s ok, I will be alongside you all the way.