I am an Integrative counsellor, and have been practicing since 2012. I initially trained as a person-centred counsellor, but have gone on to integrate other therapeutic approaches into my practice, such as Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Systemic Therapy. I am qualified in these areas, and draw on different approaches and interventions depending on client presenting issues and needs.
My core value is the capacity for change and growth, and that this is possible if there is an individual desire to fulfil this and a supportive nurturing environment to facilitate it. I believe in the importance of enhancing autonomy and empowerment, so individuals are enabled to make positive choices. I offer unconditional positive regard for human experience and non-judgementalism in my approach. I place the needs of the individual at the heart of my practice, and the importance of health and well-being in the functioning of the individual and their interactions. I listen to the whole of the person as part of my empathic understanding and to acknowledge the life stories and experiences of the individual. I believe this is so important for self-awareness and to enable change and growth to take place in the short term as well as wider context. In my practice I want to help in making a difference to people’s lives.
“If we do not change the direction we are going, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” – Chinese proverb.