It can be useful to know what to expect from counselling, even if you have undertaken it before; practitioners can vary in the way they work.
I see counselling as a collaborative process, with its foundation set in having a strong therapeutic relationship with the client at its heart. Everyone should have the chance to tell their story and be heard. Counselling affords that opportunity.
Counselling is having someone walk with you on your journey and hold a safe space for you to explore patterns and behaviours that may no longer serve you. It is your time and your space to bring whatever you feel comfortable in presenting. You will be held and guided through your explorations and supported through change.
I believe that we all know how to heal, through forming nourishing connections and given the right environment.
My approach is integrative, meaning I work with a range of therapeutic approaches which I adapt to suit your needs in the moment; everyone is unique, with changing needs. Through my training I specialised in Transactional Analysis, but also work with Gestalt, CBT, Psychodynamic and many other theories.
I believe our past experiences are intrinsically linked to our values, beliefs, expectations, behaviours and views of ourselves today. The messages we received about ourselves and our place in the world from caregivers and those in authority have a significant impact on how we develop emotionally. I will guide and support you while you learn to give yourself new messages, make positive changes in your belief systems, and change negative patterns.
I create a supportive, confidential environment, fostering an inquiry into a deeper understanding of oneself and ones experiences.
I lean towards engaging with our spirituality and understanding how the energy that surrounds us affects us. If you feel it is useful for you, I can incorporate mindfulness into our sessions and guide you on practices outside of sessions.