How Can Counselling Help Me?
Effective therapy is a partnership; you are in control of your journey and you have the personal attributes to get to where you want to be. My role as a therapist it is to help you to navigate the path, goals, and destinations of your choosing. I do not give advice but enable you to effectively self-govern with the benefit of a greater and more accurate understanding of yourself. You have the inner resources and wisdom to reach your goals and full potential, it’s my job to help you access them, trust in them and use them successfully.
I know that starting the process of attending therapy can be daunting which is why I strive to create an environment where you are fully supported, accepted and free to express a full range of feelings where you can feel truly heard. Sometimes, it can be hard to find somewhere we can genuinely reveal our innermost feelings and find and be ourselves; we will build a relationship where you can do just that. Our counselling relationship will be a professional relationship, which means that I pay attention and respect to our boundaries at all times. It is not my role to offer advice, 'fix you' or be a friend, but to assist you in locating and connecting with your own tools and inner resources to get you where you want to be.
While I use a broad scope of skills, approaches and evidenced based practices to meet the unique needs of each client, my main approach is psychodynamic, incorporating Object Relations therapy; I am passionate about its effectiveness at addressing the underlying causes of pain and frustration in life.
Psychodynamic therapy takes a developmental approach to understanding thoughts, feelings and behaviours. How have we arrived at our own individual world view? Is it a true reflection of who we are? How could our conditioned responses be preventing us from finding meaning and fulfillment in our lives? Psychodynamic therapy reveals the hidden mental processes that steer us and determine how we operate in the world and brings fresh perspective to the nature of their influence on our life.
Object Relations is a well established branch of psychoanalytic theory which recognised that social connections are fundamental to human survival. The quality of our relationships has a direct impact on our sense of well-being and our ability to thrive. When this is compromised in some way, feelings such as depression and anxiety can be catalysts for helping us discover healthier, more beneficial relationships with those around us. Object relations therapy seeks to explore and understand our style of relating in more depth. It's purpose is to arrive at a clearer and more realistic sense of self, to address distortions that we have developed in response to significant others and to develop insight so that new choices and possibilities can be embraced with trust and confidence.
Specialist Areas of Interest and Experience
In addition to the issues mentioned on my home page I have a specialist interest and expertise in the following areas: