At some point in their lives, many people experience emotional difficulties and can struggle to cope. Counselling has lots of different names and it can seem rather confusing when considering which therapist could be right for you.
I offer an integrative approach, underpinned by person-centred and cognitive behavioural theory. Carl Rogers was an American psychologist who founded the humanistic approach to therapy. He believed that the human being can be temporarily stuck emotionally and unable to move forward along their life path. To enable movement, Rogers developed his theory to help the individual self-actualise by ensuring that the conditions at the centre of the client/counsellor relationship were key.
These conditions, deemed necessary and sufficient by Rogers in aiding self-actualisation, are ‘empathy’, ‘congruence’ and ‘unconditional positive regard’. This relates to the counsellor's ability to walk non-judgmentally alongside their client, with understanding and honesty, whilst at the same time enabling the client to reflect upon their own situation.
Of course, one size does not always fit all and using different modality techniques for different problems and personalities can be key to a successful counselling relationship. As such, I use cognitive behavioural therapeutic techniques to assist with coping mechanisms and changing patterns of behaviour. By using integrative and fluid counselling modalities, I find that clients benefit and maintain their self-worth by acknowledging their values and understanding how they function.
I often work with young people and adults experiencing difficulties such as depression, suicidal thoughts, problems in the workplace, eating disorders, substance misuse, family and relationship difficulties, divorce and bereavement. With younger children, I usually visit them at school so they feel comfortable and are around adults they know and trust.