My work with clients is 'relational', which means that I acknowledge the importance of past and present relationships in my clients' lives. People have significant relationships both with others and with themselves, and difficulties in these relationships often bring people to counselling.
The relationship between me and my clients is central to the counselling process itself. This ongoing interaction can provide a space for clients to explore the challenges they are facing in their everyday lives, and this can bring valuable awareness and learning.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I combine more than one established approach to counselling. I mainly aim to integrate humanistic, existential and psychodynamic approaches, all of which may be insightful and productive.
Humanistic counselling focuses on an individual's personal growth and freedom of choice. It includes the person-centred approach, where the counsellor values an individual's worth. In person-centred work, the counselling relationship is essential, and it supports the client's desire and motivation to realise their potential as a unique human being.
Existential counselling acknowledges profound human issues such as freedom, isolation, death, and meaninglessness. Here, the counsellor invites clients to explore their choices and responsibilities, and to accept or change difficult aspects of their lives.
Psychodynamic counselling recognises the importance of the past in shaping who we are in our present lives. It emphasises that much of who we are lies outside our immediate awareness, and it acknowledges so-called 'unconscious' influences on our behaviour and relationships.
By using these different approaches, I encourage my clients to develop their ability to value themselves; to increase their awareness of who they are, and what influences have been significant for them; and to work towards living more rewarding and fulfilling lives.