I am a humanistic integrative and relational psychotherapist and counsellor. I use Transactional Analysis (TA) as my prime theoretical model and incorporate a number of other theoretical approaches, for example, Gestalt and Person-Centred. These models work synergistically, complementing each other both
philosophically and theoretically.
Working integratively enables me to use whichever theoretical concept fits best in the moment, and I find it helpful to have a number of alternative ways in which to think about and assess my clients' journeys.
Human problems involve feeling, thinking and behaving and TA offers insights on each level. Using TA I can help facilitate you in understanding yourself and how you relate to others; how your past affects how you live now in the present; to identify, understand and build on your strengths and inner resources; also what changes you might make in order to enhance your life, and how best to achieve those changes.
The Person-Centred Approach influences how I work with clients and underpins all the other theories. I work from a relational perspective, using the Core Conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard, to build therapeutic relationships that are safe, supportive and non-judgmental, and in which I can relate in depth with contact and immediacy.
I use Gestalt theory to assist me in working holistically with clients, seeking awareness and integration of all aspects of themselves. Gestalt emphasises right-hemisperic, non-linear thinking - not at the expense of other ways of knowing but as a complement to these.
Gestalt supports and values creativity and spontaneity as well as intelligence in the therapeutic relationship. Being naturally creative and intuitive, I can offer clients the opportunity to work with a variety of techniques and tools such as metaphor, imagery, artwork, using objects and toys as symbols, two-chair work, dreamwork, and musical and vocal expression. Many clients find creative approaches particularly useful when exploring early or pre-verbal childhood issues. I also work with posture and body language, for example, inviting clients to become aware of how they can use their body to influence their mood and build self-confidence.
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