My therapeutic approach is integrative, and I aim to offer therapy based on the ‘best fit’ for each individual person’s specific difficulties and needs.
I approach counselling and psychotherapy as a journey. As such, I see the counsellor/psychotherapist's role as that of a good enough guide who needs to be a willing travelling companion to their client. I believe it is important to offer space and time to the client as they explore their own journey. In this process, I support the client in finding meaning in what may be painful and difficult life experiences.
I use a range of therapeutic models to inform my work. My core training model was Transactional Analysis (TA) which has much in common with more well known models of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). However, I also have a lifelong interest in Jungian Analytic Psychology and the creative techniques associated with it including Sandplay Therapy and Active Imagination.
Having originally trained as an artist, I also have a long standing interest and experience in using other creative methods such as drawing, modelling, sand tray etc as well as stories, metaphor, guided imagery.
I recognise that sometimes ‘techniques' can sometimes be inappropriate and even off putting, and the best way for some people is to simply have space to talk and reflect.