How I work


Individual therapy

 

[ I am working by Zoom and telephone until we are through the virus ]

Please note: Counselling meetings are currently offered online (via Zoom) or by telephone - connecting us from wherever you are to my home therapy room. In-person meetings will be resumed when it is safe to do so.



My approach

 

My style of working is to pay particular attention to you, the individual - what brings you to counselling / psychotherapy; and what you might hope for from our meetings. In this way, your needs and process will form the central thread of our work together.

 

I bring many qualities to the sessions including integrity, warmth, confidentiality, empathy, and the ability to listen and to support people to feel relaxed and comfortable. My experience in life and in counselling is rich and varied. I draw on this experience to inform the counselling process and facilitate growth.

 

My approach integrates many different schools of therapy (some of which are outlined below) but is based in compassion; both for self and others.

   My work is:

  • Person-centred, in that your needs and process forms the central thread of all the work
  • Psycho-dynamic, in taking seriously the way that formative past experiences influence our make-up
  • Cognitive, in considering and updating how you think about and construe your world
  • Existential, in acknowleding the key questions about life and death
  • Transpersonal and holistic, in recognising that we are all an essential part of a larger whole and that our problems themselves may be the doorway into a wider and more enriching life
  • Relational, in considering how we impact one another and how you relate to people in other parts of your life

My training

In 2013 I began my in-depth training in Integrative Psychosynthesis counselling at the ReVision Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy in North London - a training strongly influenced by Jungian therapy, with its place for the soulful and the imaginative.

My training also draws on Psychodynamic approaches, which explore how our early experiences shape us, and the humanistic perspective, which emphasises the here and now and the importance of authentic and respectful relating between counsellor and client.

I also hold a Practitoner Certificate in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP - Metanoia Institute) which I am able to offer as part of the counselling process where there is an interest in this way of exploring experience.


Assurances

I am a full clinical member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - the leading organisation for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors in the UK. I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I adhere to their respective ethical frameworks for good practice, hold full professional insurance, an enhanced DBS certificate and am committed to continual professional development and regular supervision.


Other website resources

More information about me and how I practice can be found on the following websites:

www.psychotherapy.org.uk

www.bacp.co.uk

www.re-vision.org.uk

 

CLIENT FEEDBACK

I knew I needed help when I came to see you. You have made me so much stronger. I know perhaps ‘Black Days’ can come back but I will think of our time together and say “Yes, I will do it my way”. I have already started – Wow!

SW