I see counselling and psychotherapy as a collaborative endeavour. My hope is that by working with me, we will be able to establish a good therapeutic relationship; one which is characterised by a strong sense of care and trust. I provide a safe confidential space in which you can come and speak openly and freely about whatever is troubling you. My hope is that in working with me, you will be able to get more insight and clarity into the problems which you are troubling you. This, I believe, puts you in a far stronger position to make the necessary changes for the better. The old maxim, “know Thyself” sums up this endeavour perfectly. The better we know ourselves, the more likely we are to gain a better sense of control over our destiny.
Find the Courage to Act and Make Changes
As well as gaining insight, we often need to find the courage to act, to make changes for the better. This can be particularly challenging. Stepping out of our known world, means taking a step into the unknown. This inevitably can feel anxiety provoking to say the least. How do we know the choices we are making are the right ones for us? What if we fail to achieve our goals or ambitions? An important part of my work is helping to support you as you summon the courage to make the necessary changes in your life. Helping you to get a clearer understanding of your core beliefs as well as understanding which values you hold most dear can enable you to gradually find your own authentic voice.
My Approach to Counselling
I see the problems and difficulties which people seek counselling to resolve in terms of their existential significance, rather than as medical problems to be “cured.”. In other words, the problems which we experience are expressions of difficulties we are having in our struggles with our everyday life rather than the consequence of “mental illness.” You can learn more about the existential approach to psychotherapy and counselling here.
The Long Term Benefits of a Counselling Relationship
Ultimately, I belief that good therapy, is about helping you to empower yourself. My hope is that this process, once learnt, can become self governing. In other words, I see therapy as a means of initiating a process of self reflection which will continue long after the sessions with me have come to an end. Good therapy should equip you with the necessary resources to enable you to become more adept at dealing with the very sort of difficulties which you may well be seeking support to address at the moment.