Two of my main areas of interest are Humanistic Counselling and Existential Psychology
The term ‘Counselling’ is thought to have been invented by Carl Rogers, one of the founders of the Humanistic approach. This was developed in the 1950s as a reaction to the perceived failings of Psychoanalysis and Behaviourism, both of which were very fashionable amongst practitioners at that time.
Where psychoanalysts thought that ‘unconscious motivations’ drive behaviour, behaviourists proposed that ‘conditioning’ (learning) processes serve this purpose. Rogers and his therapist peers felt that both these approaches were too pessimistic, both largely failing to take into account the important role of personal choice. They decided to focus instead on the potential of each of us as an individual and stressed the importance of personal growth and self-actualization.
Humanistic Psychology and, in turn the Counselling Psychology that it inspired both move beyond medicalized conceptions to a non-pathologised view of the person. This is something that is at the heart of my ethos: I am not interested in labelling or categorizing people as ‘well’ or ‘unwell’: instead my focus is on each person’s personal concerns, needs and aims in a manner characterised by empathy.
It is not enough to ‘guess’ that therapy is working: I like to know scientifically that this is so. This is exemplified by the practice of continuing supervision; continuing training for me is not a ‘one shot’ affair: I regularly review and reflect on my work and practice with professional peers and my professional supervisor and in group supervision to ensure that what I am doing remains exemplary.I would describe myself as a person centred approach therapist.I think it is important not to get bogged down in the technicalities and theories behind different forms of therapy. I believe very strongly in the humanistic theories that place the person at the centre of the therapy sessions; in giving the client the chance to explore, reflect and choose the paths taken in therapy as I hope to help in the process. I may at times use elements of CBT or in some cases I might decide with you that CBT is the only course of therapy used. Solution focussed therapy is different again and couples counselling something entirely different.
I am happy to be able to offer late appointments up to 9.00pm in the evening as well as weekend appointments.
I am not a theoretical purist and I may use more than one approach to therapy in our work. The beauty is that we can then create a working style that's unique to you if it is required.
Research has shown, time and again, that the single most powerful factor in effective therapy is the strength of the relationship between client and therapist. I think that's something I do really well.
I certainly won't sit there silently waiting for you to speak, but I will take an active part in conversation and in the process of recovery and change.
- person centred counselling
- cbt cognitive behavioural therapy
- couples counselling
- counselling for men
- solution focussed therapy
- anger / domestic abuse
Hypnotherapy / hypnosis If you would like to try or find out more about hypnotherapy, then ask for a free consultation, no obligation and it is proven to help with all sorts of fears, phobias, anxiety management, panic attacks, weight control, stopping smoking....the list goes on and on and on.