I am a psychologist who is trained to work with adults and to offer individual psychotherapy.
I look to create an environment which enables the client to feel comfortable enough to explore their issues openly. I see therapy as teamwork, where my role is to listen, guide and comment on what the client brings to help open up new possibilities or ways of seeing things. The interactions between myself and the client are also explored to help build awareness of certain patterns of behaviour or actions. As my approach is client based, the client can decide on the length of time they wish to continue therapy and the types of issues that they want to discuss.
My theoretical background
My counselling psychology training is in existential psychology. However, since then I have had various trainings in psychodynamic, person centred and CBT. Consequently I do see myself as an integrative therapist.
Nevertheless, my existential training is at the heart of my approach. What this means in a therapeutic sense is that I help clients find ways to make their lives work better for them. By looking at the bigger picture in this way it is hoped that they will gain a better understanding of who they are as well as gain more meaning in their lives. Living more in the present and becoming aware of their anxieties, choices and responsibilities are key to this process. Often clients want to do more with their lives in order to live in a more authentic way. Others wish to look at patterns of behaviour which are not benefiting them. In both cases, an existential approach can be beneficial.
Sometimes though, In order to gain a deeper understanding of the client’s situation, their past history, often going back to childhood, is also explored. This is more in line with a psychoanalytic approach, which I have also had training in.
My experience has also been enhanced through training in the person centred approach, which sees the client as an equal who should be treated with respect.
Trying to shift beliefs and thoughts that are not allowing the client to develop are also explored, utilising my training in CBT.
It is possible then to integrate the existential approach with others, which I have successfully done in my practice.