My approach to psychotherapy is influenced by my own eventful and often challenging life experiences; which gives me deeper empathy and insight into people’ problems, past and present, and a greater understanding of why particular behaviours are adopted and used as coping mechanisms.
I work with the notion that we are all born with an attachment to a relationship and that we all need relationships for our survival. Therefore the client-therapist relationship is the most fundamental part of the therapy that produces positive changes.
I include goals and targets within my therapeutic model and as a way of measuring the client’s progress and outcomes, will include a direct and challenging approach. I believe that this style of engagement continues to build trust in the relationship and drives the development and improvement of the client’s health and well-being. This style of practice also provides a structure that helps to increase confidence and motivation to make life-changing decisions.
The theories I embraces during counselling and psychotherapy sessions:
- Person Centered – a non-directive humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously rather than how a therapist can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – focuses on how thoughts and perceptions affect the way we feel and behave.
- Psychodynamic – sees human functioning as based upon the interaction of drives and forces within us, particularly unconscious ones.
- Transactional Analysis (TA) – is a modern psychology that involves a set of practical conceptual tools designed to promote personal growth and change and a method to improve communication.
- Gestalt Therapy – perceives self-awareness as the key to personal growth and developing full potential, concentrating on ‘what is happening in the present moment’.
Psychotherapy and coaching qualifications:
- British Association for Counselling Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited Diploma in Clinical Supervision (in progress)
- Professional Certificate in Treating Sex Addiction (Marylebone Centre)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Relationship Therapy
- British Association for Counselling Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPPD) – Centre for Personal Professional Development.
- British Association for Counselling Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPPD) – Centre for Personal Professional Development.
- British Association for Counselling Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory in Professional Development (WPF) – Westminster Pastoral Foundation
- International Coaching Federation (ICF) – Diploma in transformational coaching accredited
I safeguard my clients and practice by adhering to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and College of Sexual and Relationship Therapist (COSRT) Code of Ethics. I have regular supervision with a qualified accredited supervisor.