I’m an integrative therapist and the skill I have is in the blend of approaches I utilise in order to provide a useful experience for each of my clients. Therapy is not a one size fits all. The different types of therapy can be bewildering. I tend to use what is most needed and what my client most prefers. I dip in and out of these approaches depending on the needs and preferences of the client at any given time.
My practice is informed by training and experience on:
Attachment informed therapy
Early attachment styles can affect our current connections: relationships, friendships, workplace relationships. Family connections and sense of self. See Attachment page.
Trauma informed therapy
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing – using bilateral stimulation to help process traumatic memory. See EMDR Page.
A focussed mindful approach using eye position to help process distress. See Brainspotting page.
Places emphasis on the unconscious and how early patterns affect our current lives and relationships, perhaps from early childhood, may be replayed with other people later in life. Therapy can identify these and allow change so more healthy patterns and beliefs can develop. See Psychodynamic Counselling page.
Motivational Interviewing is useful for helping to work with ambivalence to make changes and achieve goals. It involves building motivation, strengthening commitment and maximising strengths.
Solution Focussed Counselling
Short term work with short and long term goals to achieve change.
Family / Systemic Counselling
Focuses on the networks of significant relationships within which people live their lives, to explore the meaning and interactions they have. The client group tends to be family members.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
"Men are disturbed not by things but by the views which they take of them". (Epictetus). Our thoughts cause us distress – we can change how we feel by accessing what we think and what we do – noticing patterns and doing something different. The objective is to change self-defeating or irrational beliefs and behaviours by altering negative ways of thinking, and change unhelpful patterns of behaviour. See CBT page.