I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association Of Christian Counsellors (ACC). I also have affiliation with the Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT) Association.
As well as my private practice, I also provide counselling for a registered charity.
I have a passion to help those who feel defeated, but haven’t quite learnt the tools to overcome. I myself have had my own level of counselling and can personally relate to a number of issues, but at the same time can rejoice; as with the counselling I’ve received, have been able to turn my life around for the better.
I look forward to working with you to help you achieve a new sense of life!!!
OVERVIEW OF COUNSELLING MODELS USED
CBT looks at how the way our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and imagery can affect our health and behaviour. Sometimes our negative thought patterns can trigger health problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias etc. CBT helps to change your way of thinking into more healthy, realistic terms, and with the techniques learnt aim to reduce health problems such as panic attacks etc and also change unwanted behaviour.
SFBT does not look at past events or problems, but rather looks at how your future will appear without your problems. It encourages you to identify and look at what is already working for you. The key to this therapy is that it seeks solutions that will remove the barriers to your problem.
If you have suffered from trauma or abuse, whether emotional, physical or sexual; PICT is extremely successful in helping people to achieve a new, positive outlook to life. The beauty about this technique is that in comparison to some other models, you the client; do not have to go into detail about the past in order to receive healing. Therefore, it saves you from any possible embarrassment, shame and unnecessary trauma.
If time is a big concern to you in attending sessions, there is also a method entitled PICT Quick Change Therapy. This works very much the same way as PICT, but instead of attending weekly sessions, it enables you to have over 4 hours of consultations within the same day.
Psychodymamic theories look at how the past affects our present and future. This is done by challenging dysfunctional defenses, exploring split off aspects of yourselves and brings them into awareness in order for you to have a more authentic experience.
Gestalt is a humanistic theory and looks at the here and now in order to facilitate change. Creative and experimental techniques are used to create awareness and understanding for the client.
Attachment Theory, has the premise of the mother being at the top of the child’s attachment hierarchy, despite who the child is most involved with. The natural instinct for the child is to use the mother as a secure base; someone to whom they can go to in times of distress, need for support and protection. When the child receives this, they feel free to explore. It is the role of the therapist to be the secure base for the clients. This is a restorative process and it's purpose is to repair the original lack of nurturing and support that the client actually experienced. This way, the client will be free to explore, grow and develop their own sense of independence.
HOW WE WORK
After an initial assessment to determine which therapy process is suitable for you, we will work together in a partnership. At times homework will be given, simply to enhance the process and therefore reduce the time and money spent in therapy.
Confidentiality is of the upmost importance and your details are not disclosed in any way except under a guise (code) for supervision purposes.