How I Work
My approach to counselling and supervision is underpinned by a fusion of postmodernist and modernist philosophies. The primary focus of my counsellor education/training was narrative therapy - a postmodern approach. However, my undergraduate degree had a major in psychology - a modernist approach.
During my psychology studies I became fascinated by what the advances in neuroscience have made available to us to explain human behaviour. I'm particularly interested in what our brains get up to when we're anxious, stressed, and depressed.
I keep up with the news about the latest advances in neuroscience and weave these findings into my work with clients. For example, my practice includes memory reconsolidation therapy, proposed by Jeffrey L. Zimmerman based on the recent findings of neuroscientists Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven.
I seek to offer a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling. I centre people as the experts in their own lives. I view problems as separate from people.
From my experience I know that people have many skills and abilities that can help them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives. I also have skills, abilities, knowledge and experience that I bring to my work with you. We can work together.
I engage in regular supervision with professional colleagues. This is to support me and to provide accountability.