As a counsellor and psychotherapist, my approach is integrative. This means that I draw on a wide range of therapeutic methods so that I can work in the most effective way to help you achieve the outcomes you want. To do this, it is important that we work together so that our relationship is an alliance formed to help you make the changes that are important to you.
As human beings, we have within ourselves all the resources we need to improve our situation. Sometimes they are under-developed or unused, or perhaps we don’t even know they exist. My role is to help you find those resources and discover what needs to be done for you to move forward. This may take the form of seeing something that previously seemed negative in a different light, or learning new skills to help you deal with the situation in which you find yourself. It may also mean exploring how unresolved or old expectations are affecting your ability to cope with a problem or even what you choose to pay attention to. Attention and inattention can be important factors in how we feel about ourselves.
It is my belief that the function of any therapy is to encourage us to do things that make us feel better through new learning and experiences. By discovering different ways of thinking and feeling we can improve our wellbeing and increase our resilience to life's challenges. After all, the reason why someone walks through a counsellor’s door is to become happier and more contented with their life.