My practice is best described as relational therapy. It is a non-directive form of therapy, which acknowledges that you are the expert on your life and that I do not claim to have any answers that you cannot find from within yourself. However, it can be helpful to be supported in finding these answers or a path which is where therapy plays an important part.
My role is to listen, accept and assist in enabling you to gain increased awareness of yourself, your environment and the implications of the choices you make, leading you to a more meaningful and fulfilling life. My method relies heavily on a collaboration, with me acting as a guide for you to explore what you need to.
I focus on an individual’s inner suffering, meaning that which comes from the struggle from within us emotionally and psychologically as we journey through life and its various stages and transitions. I offer a space for you to examine your current life and together explore your historic ‘Story’, in a collaborative attempt to ‘re-vision’ the meaning you have given to it.
The human ‘Soul’ as an indefinable concept, but is essentially the core focus of the therapy I am trained in. It is that which transcends the five senses of how we experience the world. It is concerned with experiences which stay in the memory and impact on the heart. It is more about the journey through life and less about the specific details or labels we and others choose to put on this. It is the experience we hold in our memory and in our body, which forms our unique experiences as we develop and grow as individuals. This impacts on us in many different ways.
Every one of us comes with a ‘story’ attached to our past which is influenced by our early experiences, and which forms our central core beliefs as adults. If we do not give attention to the ‘soul’ within our story it suffers over time as we begin to lose our sense of self, purpose, belonging and often that which we are led to believe brings us happiness, as this fails to lose its meaning on a deeper level.
Therapy can help in revisioning your story, and viewing your life from a different perspective, by helping you to see where you neglect your own sense of self and well-being by getting unconsciously caught in outdated behaviours to compensate for this.
In Soulful Therapy, the question is often not why am I suffering in this way? But instead, why might this be happening to me now, and what might its meaning be?
I hold a B.A.C.P (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and a U.K.C.P. (UK Council for Psychotherapy) Accredited, National Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling (2011)
I am a member of the BACP and an accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with the UKCP, and have worked in various settings within the public, charitable and private sectors of health for over 15 years.
I hold a post-graduate certificate in Forensic Anti Social Personality Disorder and have completed the 1st year of a Transpersonal Groupwork Facilitation Diploma also at Re.Vision (The Centre of Integrative Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy).
In addition to this, I have co-facilitated training seminars at Re.Vision for stage 3 counselling students, and on stages 4 and 5 for psychotherapy students.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.