How we will work together
As a counsellor and psychotherapist I draw on a range of theories rather than limiting myself to a single concept of the human mind and positive therapeutic change. This means that I can tailor my work to the needs of individual clients. My main theoretical models are Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy.
Psychodynamic therapy looks to the past as the key to unlocking the problems of the present and derives from the work of Sigmund Freud and those who have followed in his footsteps. In practice this might mean, for example, that a client who struggles with intimate relationships is unconsciously playing out a troubled way of relating – perhaps with a parent – which dates back to their childhood. My job as a therapist would be to help bring this into focus.
Humanistic therapy – also called person-centred therapy – is drawn from the work of the American psychotherapist Carl Rogers who had a more forward-looking and optimistic view of human nature than Freud and who considered every client to be unique – and uniquely gifted. As a therapist using this model, I would encourage you to discover who you really are and what you really want from life and then help you to fulfil your potential.
Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy offers a toolbox of techniques that are of practical use in the here and now. This might mean that I would actively question your negative cognitions (thoughts) about yourself and so help you to take a more balanced view. Or I might help you to make gradual changes in a pattern of behaviour that you are troubled by or which feels out of control.
Every course of therapy – and every client – is different. For some, a few sessions are enough to resolve their problem. Generally speaking, I would describe this as counselling. For others, it may take longer to get to the heart of the matter and begin to move forward, which would be through a deeper, more intensive process of psychotherapy. But whether short- or long-term work, it is worth remembering that most positive therapeutic change occurs outside the consultation and relies on you as a client taking the time to reflect on what has taken place in a session and actively implementing changes in your life.
Whatever you share with me is confidential. However, as a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) I am required to have monthly supervision to ensure that I am providing you with the best possible service, and I may talk to my supervisor about our work together. But I will not reveal your full name or any other information that would identify you. In exceptional circumstances, I may have to breach confidentiality if I feel there is a serious and immediate risk of harm to you or to someone else, but I would always aim to discuss this with you beforehand. I am bound at all times by the ethical code of the BACP.