The counselling relationship is fundamental and trust, safety, respect and acceptance are all qualities I value highly. I study and practice a range of Mind-Body exercises daily which is a valuable resource I draw upon. I 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 a wide range of Body - Mind practices such as Yoga, Body Mind Psychotherapy. and Family Constellations. How I work with Mindfulness and linked approaches is to help you change how you relate to yourself, to develop compassion, warmth and resonance to parts of yourself such as your inner critic. This can help to release the positive energy that is stored within these critical parts. I can also help you to identify and name feelings and then reframe your thinking to help ensure the feelings do not take over your witnessing aware self. Neuroscience research shows this is a way of calming the stress in our brains and body.
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 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 believe in reflective practice and have an ongoing commitment to my own personal development. I have regular, confidential, professional supervision.
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