My psychotherapy/counselling service is about providing you with a compassionate, non-judgemental and confidential environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings about the challenging situations in your life.
My approach to my work is Humanistic and Integrative. Humanistic is a term that is used to describe an approach that respects, values and treats the individual as a whole person physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. This method also holds the belief that people have choice, freedom, responsibility and the capacity to change, heal and grow towards reaching their true potential. Integrative means that I draw creatively from a broad range of therapeutic strategies to help you on that journey.
The ranges of therapies I draw from are Gestalt, Person Centred, Mindfulness, Body Awareness, Existential and Hakomi. In addition, my training as a nurse/midwife/acupressure shiatsu therapist enables me to view the whole human being, body, mind and spirit. Using these methods, my aim is to help you find a means to work through and hopefully heal or resolve any area of conflict and access healthier self-awareness and resources to achieve this.
When drawing from my Hakomi training; mindfulness is used as a way of assisting self-discovery. View the mind as like a body of water. What is visible on and below the surface is like consciousness. Usually, the choppy surface makes it difficult to see what’s there. Taking a few moments to become calm and quiet allows more to come into consciousness and awareness. All of experience is organized by habits. Mostly, our habits help us to function. Sometimes, however, our habits are automatic reactions to situations that are different than the ones which first organized these reactions. They are based on adaptations to past events and situations. The present situation may be almost completely different, and yet we continue to react as if the present situation is identical to the past. Such reactions are, at best, limiting. At worst, they cause unnecessary suffering. By using applied mindfulness to reveal some of these unconscious beliefs and habits, gives us the opportunity to choose to perceive and respond differently.
During these days of social distancing and isolation, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or/and phone sessions are available to clients. These sessions work well and can be very supportive, despite the restriction of telephones and skype. Home visits are possible when a person is too ill to leave their residence. If this is necessary for you, give me a call to discuss it.