The counselling relationship is fundamental and trust, safety, respect and acceptance are all qualities I value highly. I practice Mindfulness and other Mind-Body exercises daily which is a valuable resource I draw upon in my counselling I also abide by the BACP ethical framework for good practice.
I work in a collaborative way to facilitate your self understanding and empowerment. I have studied and practiced Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as well other approaches such as EMDR and Body - Mind Psychotherapy and Family Constellations. Mindfulness has a self help emphasis with power to change our relationship to our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, behaviours and different parts of ourselves leading to greater self acceptance, tolerance and well being. I also can support you in releasing emotions and mind states through the body, this can be particularly beneficial for trauma and PTSD.
I work with couples having trained in couples counselling with Jill Gabriel in 2004. My approach here is to help couples communicate more openly, constructively and with more authenticity this can lead to gain greater understanding of each others thoughts and feelings as well as the particular relationship dynamics in your partnership. From here changes can occur to attitudes, feelings and behaviours including greater acceptance of each other. My person centred values help me to build trusting relationships with both partners so that greater openness and honesty can be forthcoming from both parties.
I believe in reflective practice and have an ongoing commitment to my own personal development. I have regular, confidential, professional supervision.
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