How I Work
As explained on the About Me page I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and work in the approaches of Person Centered, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt. I also use CBT theory if needed as an approach/tool. Here are the approaches explained in more depth.
In person centered therapy the focus is on the person, not the problem. The goal is for the client to achieve greater independence, self knowledge and autonomy. This will allow the client to better cope with any current and future problems they may face. The key principles of person centredness are treating people with dignity and respect by being aware of and supporting personal perspectives, values, beliefs and preferences. The three core conditions the counsellor needs to provide are congruence (being genuine) empathy (walking alongside the client in their shoes) and unconditional positive regard (non judge-mental). The client is the expert about their own life and take the lead in the discussions to discover their own solutions.
Transactional Analysis (T.A)
A system of popular psychology based on the idea that ones behaviour and social relationship reflect an interchange between parental (critical and nurturing) adult (rational) and childlike (intuitive and dependent). Aspects of personality established in early life. It is a method of therapy where in social transactions are analysed to determine the ego state of the client as a basis for understanding behaviour. The goal of transactional analysis is autonomy, which is defined as awareness, spontaneity and the capacity for intimacy. In achieving autonomy people have the capacity to make new decisions (re-decide) thereby empowering themselves and altering the course of their lives.
Helps clients to see their relations to their world and often uses role playing to aid the resolutions of past conflicts. Goal is to raise clients awareness regarding how they function in their environment (family work, school friends) the focus of therapy is more on what is happening (the moment to moment process) than what is being discussed (the content).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (C.B.T.)
C.B.T is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental health and physical health problems. C.B.T focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviours, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. Definition of cognitive is; relating to, being or involving conscious intellectual activity (such as thinking, reasoning or remembering)