I believe you have the desire for and the capability of achieving your best possible life, and that together we can work towards achieving that life for you.
I am an 'integrative' therapist, which means I can use a variety of therapeutic styles and tools to help you. I hold the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood - no one theory alone holds the answer. All theories are considered to have value, even if their foundational principles contradict each other - hence the need to integrate them.
The two main theoretical approaches that I draw from are Person Centred and Psychodynamic counselling
Person-centered therapy uses a non-authoritative approach that allows you, the client, to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, you will discover your own solutions. I act as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging your experience without moving the conversation in another direction. I am there to encourage and support you and to guide the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with your process of self-discovery.
The aim of Psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping you to unravel, experience and understand your true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. In order to ensure these memories and experiences stay below the surface, many people will develop defences. According to psychodynamic therapy, these defences will often do more harm than good.
I have also practiced Kinesiology, Rhythmic Movement Training and nutritional therapy for over 10 years and I may, if you are open to this, draw on these therapeutic tools from time to time.
Overall, the therapy will always be warm, empathetic, non-judgemental and boundaried, aiming to create a safe space for you to explore the things that are troubling you.