My main aim during our sessions would be to help alleviate anxiety and get to the roots of the disharmony that you may currently experience in your life. This may be because of a specific incident or relationship or because of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s). You can read more about ACE’s and the affects they may have on your adulthood health and wellbeing below and here:
My core training was in Person Centred Therapy which was devised in the 1950’s by an American psychologist called Carl Rogers. He proposed that therapy could be simpler, warmer and more optimistic than that carried out by behaviourist or psychodynamic psychologists that were popular at that time (You can read more about the different types of therapy available by clicking this link:
He strongly believed that in order for a client's condition to improve therapists should be warm, genuine and understanding. The starting point of the Rogerian approach to counselling and psychotherapy is best stated by Rogers (1986) himself:
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It is that the individual has within himself or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes and self-directed behaviour - and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided.
I believe that being really listened to and respected is one of the most helpful things one person can do for another. I therefor don't give advice or tell you what to do – although I will offer insights and reflections based on my experience. The emphasis of my approach is on a collaborative, empathic, confidential and open relationship where we can try together to get a better perspective on whatever your problems or worries may be.
Learning to see your situation more clearly and most importantly, cultivating acceptance of yourself in it can take time; it certainly takes commitment and courage so well done if you’re taking your first step. I am happy to provide short term counselling as I do appreciate that committing to psychotherapy on a long term basis is a big financial and emotional commitment plus you may have a specific issue that can be helped by just a few sessions (I would recommend a minimum of 6).
However, you may require more than this and it can sometimes take time to reach the depths where real transformation can happen. If appropriate we would therefor look into the type of nurture you received as an infant and child as this would give us a unique insight into your emotional development. It would also help us to understand how and why you relate to others in the way that you do and armed with that awareness we can work on any changes you may want to make.
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