I support the accepted view that psychological healing results mainly from the relationship between the therapist and the client, in which the client experiences acceptance, safety, care, trust, genuineness and a non-judgemental attitude. The nature of this therapeutic approach is called relational.
I am also an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, meaning that I integrate several therapeutic approaches. Research strongly indicates that this is the most effective form of therapy. In brief, I draw upon the following:
This approach considers that each individual is the best authority of their own life experience, and has the internal resources to maximise their own growth. Therapy aims to provide the ‘core conditions’ of unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence (or genuineness) necessary for growth to occur.
Cognitive therapy (CBT)
CBT enables us to learn how our thoughts influence our moods. Through this learning we can recognise negative thoughts which create distress so we can challenge and replace them.
Psychodynamic therapy is based on the belief that our infant and childhood experiences affect our current behaviour and thinking. It explores unconscious thought processes. Therapy aims to help us to understand possible causes of our difficulties and to manage them more effectively.