I am an Integrative, humanistic counsellor – predominantly person centred but sometimes using a combination of Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Brief Therapy, CBT and Motivational Interviewing where appropriate.
The Types of Therapy I Practice:
Person Centred: A non-directive approach which believes in your ability to make the right choices and your potential to find the best solutions and make the appropriate changes needed in your life. Person-centred counselling was first developed in the 1940s and 1950s by Carl Rogers. It is one of the most widely practiced forms of therapy in the world today. It works on the belief that given the right conditions, each person has the ability to change and move in the direction of a more fulfilling and satisfying way of living by trusting their inner resources to find their own answers and direction. When the client learns to fully understand how they interact with the world around them and how they experience themselves in relation to the world, they gain greater self-awareness and acceptance, which empowers them to make their own choices and take control over their own lives. The client has the capacity, within the safety of a therapeutic counselling relationship, to begin this process of healing or change.
Transactional Analysis (TA): Helps to explain why we think, feel and behave in the way we do. Developed by psychiatrist Eric Berne, it is a form of modern psychology that examines a person's relationships and interactions. It involves a set of practical conceptual tools designed to promote personal growth and change and can help individuals to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.
Gestalt Therapy: A highly positive and practical integrative therapeutic approach which helps clients focus on their immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to better understand the way they relate to others - helping them find a new perspective or see the bigger picture. Role play is often used to aid the resolution of past conflicts and this can be especially beneficial when working with bereavement. I continue to attend seminars, conventions, and retreats to learn more about how people think! I am passionate about healthy change and of-course I do want to be a great therapist!
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) CBT aims to help people become aware of when they make negative interpretations, and of behavioural patterns which reinforce the distorted thinking. Cognitive therapy helps people to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving which aims to reduce their psychological distress. Cognitive behavioural therapy is, in fact, an umbrella term for many different therapies that share some common elements. Two of the earliest forms of Cognitive behavioural Therapy were Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), developed by Albert Ellis in the 1950s, and Cognitive Therapy, developed by Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s.
My Training And Work Experience Also Covers:
Being a family member of an addict
Bereavement and loss
Isolation and loneliness
Living with chronic illness
Loss of direction
Loss of meaning
Mental health issues
Major life changes
Work related issues
I continue to attend seminars, conventions, and retreats to learn more about how people think! I am passionate about healthy change and of-course I do want to be a great therapist!