The counselling relationship is fundamental and trust, safety, respect and acceptance are all qualities I value highly. I abide by the BACP ethical framework for good practice.
I work in a collaborative way to facilitate your self understanding and support you in gaining clarity re the issues you are facing. I have a wide knowledge and experience of personal, family, work and relationship issues gained through my 23 years of experience and I use this to help my clients work through their problems. I am flexible in how I work and adapt my approach to fit the needs of the client I am working with. I have a long standing interest and experience of embodied self awareness. Where appropriate I work with what is happening in the present and where relevant to underlying issues that are influencing your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the present. I can help you to connect with feelings and sensations and to express these and to increase your awareness of how you feeling on a deeper embodied level. It is becoming accepted wisdom, from experience and research, that having a compassionate and understanding attitude to oneself and one's thoughts, feelings and behaviours improves one's wellbeing and functioning. I am skilled in modelling and facilitating this process for my clients.
I work with couples having trained in couples counselling with Jill Gabriel in 2004. My approach here is to help couples communicate more openly and constructively with more authenticity. This can lead to gain greater understanding of each others thoughts, feelings and needs as well as the particular relationship dynamics in your partnership. From here changes can occur to these attitudes, feelings and behaviours including greater acceptance of yourself and 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 have studied non violent communication which I find is very beneficial in working through conflict between couples and individuals.
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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