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How I work

My approach:

I am an Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist.
Integrative psychotherapy is a very effective form of counselling because it encompasses the majority of all the other theories, including, psychodynamic, humanistic, transpersonal and body-psychotherapy.

As an Integrative psychotherapist, I am not restricted to a single theoretical approach. I am able to adjust and fine tune the kind of therapy I offer according to the situation, continuously over time as the therapy evolves. I work with multiple theoretical approaches simultaneously, as this offers the client a much more thorough, effective remedy.

I also enjoy working creatively, I have found that it can be enormously helpful in releasing blockages in thought processes and accessing more fluid thinking. This can take the form of gestalt exercises, painting or drawing with the left hand for example and visualisations.
I am always careful to take the lead from my clients, and only suggest these types of exercises if you have shown an interest in working like this.

The structure:

I work with individuals, couples and parents with adolescent children.
I offer both short term (6-10 weeks) and long term (open ended) therapy.

We usually meet at the same time and place each week for 50 minutes. I do however, also offer Skype sessions - This can be particularly helpful if you need to travel regularly or if you unable to meet me in person.

Counselling is a 'talking therapy', meaning most of what we do is talk (and listen).

This is your session and you can use this time to tell me how you are feeling or any event you wish to discuss, (including how you might be feeling about therapy).
I listen intently to what you say and reflect carefully on this. My job is to bring you insight into your unconscious and help you to untangle conflicting thoughts and feelings. This way we can get to the root of your problems and look at new directions in which to move forward constructively.

Everything we discuss is strictly confidential.
Payment in full is due at the beginning of each session.

The first session:

This is really an opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other. There is no long term contract at this stage and you should feel free to ask me any questions.
We can talk about the reasons you want to start counselling and we can think about different ways you would like to use therapy to get the most from it.
At the end of the session you should take some time to think about how this went and then, when you are ready, you can decide whether or not you want to proceed with me as your therapist.

If you decide you do, then we will arrange to meet for a further 5 sessions, where we will explore your issues in a much deeper way and you can get a better idea of how the therapy works. This is a short term contract, at the end of which we will reassess the situation and you can give me your feedback on how you feel it is going. You can then decide whether you want to carry on the counselling or whether you feel you have had enough for now.