When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
- Viktor Frankl
I would like to preface everything on this page by saying that although it is interesting to know what each therapy offers and this knowledge can be useful to match up your personality and expectations to a particular kind of therapy, theory is not everything. Research shows that regardless of the theoretical background of the counsellor, the most important factor to making changes in your life is the relationship between you and your counsellor. With that in mind, I would urge you to do your research and try a few different counsellors until you find one with whom you are most comfortable. If you feel you have a good "fit" with a therapist, then you are more likely to feel safe enough to be more open as sessions progress...
As a Humanistic Counsellor, I believe you have the desire for and the capability of achieving your best possible life, and that together we can work towards achieving that life for you. I will help you by focusing on what your experience of life means to you, exploring how current feelings and behaviours are influenced by past events and relationships.
Person Centred Counselling, Gestalt Therapy and Existentialism all fall into the Humanistic School of Thought. Here are some (hopefully!) useful definitions
Person Centred Counselling allows you to choose the focus and pace of the work. I believe in your potential and ability to make the right choices for yourself, regardless of my own values, beliefs and ideas.
Gestalt Therapy focuses on cycles of experiences and the way in which these experiences are interrupted. You might use the relationship between us as a basis for developing and deepening your understanding of these cycles and experiment with me on different ways of being.
Existential Counselling focuses on the inter-personal dimensions, as it tries to capture and question people’s world-views. In our work together we might aim at clarifying and understanding your personal values and beliefs, making explicit what was previously implicit and unsaid. This might enable you to live more deliberately, more authentically and more purposefully, whilst accepting the limitations and contradictions of human existence.
I offer individual and small group supervision, to both qualified and trainee counsellors.
I integrate the Inskipp & Proctor Model with the Seven Eyed Model of supervision. Rather than working solely with my original core theoretical model, I enjoy working creatively and collaboratively with your theoretical model.
I view the supervision relationship as collaborative and actively work to ensure that this relationship is a place in which you are able to grow as a counsellor with me. Supervision is a chance to recharge and review both yourself and your work with your clients. An ideal place to look after yourself as well as your clients, I hope to offer you a place where you can feel rejuvenated and cared for in an often lonely and stressful, albeit rewarding, profession.
Supervision is your opportunity to reflect with another professional on your clients and the interventions you've chosen, the transference between you and your clients and the parallel process that may be enacted between us as a result. Together, we can think about how the context of your work influences your therapeutic relationships. Supervision is also an opportunity for you to consider your practice and where you might want to develop it in the future
Individual supervision is £50 per hour.
Group supervision is £10 per person per hour - small groups of 3/4 counsellors for 3 hours