There are hundreds of different types of counselling available and research indicates that the type of approach is not important. The most significant factors to affect positive outcomes are, firstly, that you feel a good connection with me, and secondly, that you are fully committed to and engage with the process. All approaches aim to be encouraging and supportive. I practice integrative counselling because it gives me the flexibility to provide you with the most appropriate methods and techniques for your needs: I tailor my approach to suit you, giving you the best opportunity to achieve the results you want.
I use a combination of conversation, questions, reflections, summaries, exercises and experiments to enable you to get a clearer understanding of the challenges you face and to discover effective ways of addressing them to help you to achieve your personal goals. I bring a creative selection of understanding and styles to each session, underpinned by a unifying theory which is holistic, includes mind and body, and feels relational.
Integrating happens on several different levels: of psychotherapeutic theories; of mental, physical and emotional experiences within you; of other disciplines like philosophy or art; of the use of humour or metaphor in my way of working. I will be and work with you in a way that helps make your integrating process possible. As you are unique, the relationship we develop and the way we work together will also be unique. I’ll allow myself to notice what is happening, voice it, and together with you make sense of it so that it can be integrated physically, by both of us. You are much more than just a set of symptoms or problems.
I offer a free initial telephone conversation, giving you as much time and space as you need to consider whether you’d like to come and meet me.