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What is Counselling / Psychotherapy?

A relationship, space and time in which new processes of thinking, learning, relating, insight, awareness & healing takes place.

As a profession and an art, counselling & psychotherapy have a multitude of modalities, approaches, techniques and forms. At the heart of any kind of psychological therapy, it is well-established that the therapist-client relationship is at the centre of effective outcome.


My clinical model is Integrative - depending on your need, it is my job to facilitate a therapeutic relationship relative to you. ​

What is the difference between counselling & psychotherapy?

Counselling is a short term intervention, for example an agreed contract of 6-10 sessions to focus on finding resolution to a presenting issue.​

​Psychotherapy is a longer term process which enables space to delve into unconscious processes, allowing a deeper understanding and knowing of the self, implicit states and memories, making connections between past and present to resolve any outstanding issues, making sense of and coming to terms with them.

Each and every person comes to into therapy with their own unique experience, issues and goals and therefore, needs from the therapist.  What is consistent is that a safe environment and relationship is created between you and I. Free from judgement and conditions for self- exploration to increase insight, make changes, promote healing, empowerment and growth. We cannot change what we are not conscious of.

Taking Notes

Clinical Ethos

My clinical model is Integrative - combining various schools of thought, theory, models and approaches. These include: Psychodynamic including Attachment and Developmental models, Humanistic, Transactional Analysis, Transpersonal models. 

Embracing the transformative capacity of authentic connection and the power of self-awareness in the fulfilment of human potential, as your therapist, my role is to facilitate the safety of the therapeutic space as an active relationship for insight, healing, empowerment and growth.

We all have in us an innate capacity, drive for wellbeing, optimum health homeostasis and fulfilment. Blocks to this, due to life experiences can mean we become out of balance, stuck and lack the tools to navigate our way through.

Driving change in the field moving away from pathologizing symptoms of mental illness, I encourage the use of diagnoses and illness as the basis to understand a collection of symptoms to guide healing rather than to be treated, as an external condition. Healing occurs in ones own awareness.

 

'Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate'

Carl Jung