Counselling Psychologists are trained in at least two central therapeutic approaches. This means that I have formal training in Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. The former believes in the client’s own sense of personal agency and encourages them to access their own inner resources and strengths. The latter explores the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours and encourages clients to modify unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours.
As an integrative practitioner, I am also trained in other approaches, namely Existentialism and Mindfulness. In broad terms, this means that I can access a range of helpful interventions that can help clients break with unhelpful patterns and develop new coping styles. I actively use Mindfulness techniques to help individuals cope more effectively with the present, alongside using breathing techniques and meditation exercises to encourage and create space from negative thinking and growth towards healthier and more helpful thoughts and behaviours.
As a practitioner, I am warm, friendly and laid back. I believe in establishing a good rapport which fosters a nurturing therapeutic relationship which I believe encourages and empowers an individual to make healthier changes.