Counselling psychology is a branch of psychology specialising in psychological therapy. It blends the latest research including developmental psychology and neuroscience with their implications for psychological therapy. The therapy places as central, what shaped us with the implications of this now and considers the therapeutic relationship as key in achieving change for the better.
Counselling provides a safe, impartial and confidential space in which to explore your feelings and difficulties with me. What you say will be respectfully listened to and can help us to understand what is making you feel a certain way. All of us at some point in our lives will experience times when we feel that we are overwhelmed or cannot cope. These feelings such as anger, grief, anxiety and loneliness can be distressing and cause anguish, especially if they have been with us for a long period of time. Counselling can help you to explore and reflect. It can help you to understand what is at the root of the concern, and can help you to work towards resolving these difficulties.
I draw on psychoanalytic and Jungian approaches involving a process of exploration together in order to gain an understanding of what is brought to therapy consciously and the unconscious processes which take place in our minds and get expressed in all our relationships. Our early experiences are important in shaping the way our minds work and a large part of our mind operates outside of our conscious awareness. I will encourage you to reflect on whatever is uppermost in your mind. Feelings, thoughts, wishes, fears, memories and dreams can be explored within the relationship between us. Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) is a 16 weekly sessions model looking at repeating patterns in relationships and what you might be able to change. It is usually shorter than psychotherapy, but also very effective for something specific.
Which Therapy Approach and Change
Significant change in you and your difficulties can be achieved with all these approaches. CBT is focused on change in a practical and active way. How to work and what on in the therapy will be a joint decision between you and me. We can both develop new insights and we can change behaviours and thinking. These theoretical influences which underpin my practice involve a very optimistic view of what can emerge from human struggles and difficulties, including that the mind and you contain your own wisdom to find a way forward. And that you equally impact me the therapist.
I have a strong interest and experience in supervising other trainee and trained therapists individually and in groups, and in supporting supervision of supervision. My specialist supervision training in DIT, CBT, psychodynamic, Jungian and humanistic approaches allows me to support a broad range of supervisory needs.