How I Work
At times we all need extra support and help with overcoming difficulties. I work relationally and offer professional, skilled counselling and NLP to address the challenges that life brings. I trained in Humanistic Counselling, which incorporates Person Centred Therapy, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. With the integration of these different approaches means counselling can be tailored to meet a variety of needs and concerns.
I work on an individual 1:1 basis, and provide a trusting, confidential, non-judgemental and understanding therapeutic environment for you and encourage the process of self-exploration.
Counselling Can Help
As many people find, today’s hectic busyness life never stops.
We are all too busy to find a time to reflect and see what’s really happening with our own situation where we might ignore what’s going on for us and how we feel about life.
Blocking out hurt and pain, slowly building a defensive wall around ourselves to the numb the experiences we don’t want to feel.
Repeating negative patterns, feelings of going around in circles, not knowing how to move forward or rooted in the same spot can eventually affect us emotionally, mentally and physically.
By exploring and working on either the past or present, you can slowly break down these cycles, understand them better and work towards your future by releasing and unlocking these feelings. You can then start to gain the clarity and direction needed for change and growth to move forward on your chosen path.
The Humanistic Approach
Person Centred Counselling, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis all fall into the Humanistic Approach and below are some useful definitions of each of these theories. The combination of all 3 approaches provides an individual with a deeper understanding of who they are, what they feel and the opportunity to explore the possibilities of creating personal choices and encourages self-awareness and self-realisation.
Person Centred Counselling
Person Centred Counselling is a non-directive approach and focuses on the individual self worth and values – being valued as a person without being judged, can help the person accept who they are and reconnect with themselves.
Gestalt Therapy focuses on the whole of an individual experience, including thoughts, feelings and actions in the ‘here and now’ experience rather than the past or future.
Transactional Analysis is a comprehensive approach, which incorporates aspects of humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic approaches to therapy. TA counsellors’ categorise the human personality into three aspects – Parent, Adult and Child (called ego states) and use this model to help clients understand how they interact with others. A central concept of TA is the notion of people having a Life Script, which is a way of understanding an individual’s beliefs about oneself and others and how they interpret or understand the world around them and the counsellor seeks to identify these limiting script beliefs and work with the client to help them change these.
Reflective Therapeutic Practice
As a Reflective Practitioner, means the approach and process is about transforming negative experiences into valuable wisdom and knowledge. By looking at our attitudes, beliefs, values and assumptions we hold onto, which can affect our decision making, by examining these experiences and assessing them, we can shed light on how improvements can be made by the client and counsellors’ own behaviour to create change and new learning.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
The purpose of NLP is to increase personal choice, to reprogram your thoughts, beliefs and behaviour in order to get different results – to get the outcome(s) you desire – so it provides powerful tools for personal change.
NLP sees a world of excellence where people can be helped to create their own choice and flexibility. Based on a number of operating principles, NLP theory states that ‘we either already have all the resources we need or we can create them’ and ‘modelling successful performance leads to excellence; if one person can do it, it is possible to model it and teach it to others’. NLP is based on finding out how someone does something well and then repeating the process with a goal of ‘excellence for all’.