Counselling & Brief Talking Therapies

How I work:

The main idea behind integrative therapy is that you are unique, and what may work perfectly for you is not necessarily what would work for another. As an integrative therapist, I therefore develop a program of therapy that suits your specific individual needs.

I also abide by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, attend regular monthly supervision, and undertake continuing personal and professional development training, and regularly throughout the year.

The following is an example of various theoretical and technical approaches I can competently draw upon in order to best tailor therapy to meet your uniquely individual needs.

  • Person Centred Counselling

I might help motivate you to realise your fullest potential.

  • Behaviour Therapy

I could help replace negative behaviour with positive behaviour.

  • Cognitive Therapy

We could focus on thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and attitudes, identifying and changing unhelpful or inaccurate thinking, that may trigger or change certain feelings, and cause problematic behaviour and distressing emotional responses.

  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy

We could utilise a philosophical outlook, suggesting that you aren’t disturbed by events but by irrational beliefs about the events.

  • Psychodynamic Counselling

We could look at unconscious processes, uncovering forgotten events in early childhood that influence the development of our personalities, and our behaviour in adulthood.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

We could utilise a combination of basic principles from both behavioural and cognitive forms of therapy, tackling thought distortions and maladaptive behaviours, considered the cause of many psychological problems.

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

We might focus on solutions, that are future-focused and goal-directed, rather than on the problems that brought you to therapy.

  • Transpersonal Counselling

I could help establish a sense of identity or self that extends beyond the individual or personal (trans) to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche or nature. I may employ mindfulness and other types of meditation and stillness practices adapted from Eastern spiritual disciplines in order to facilitate expansion of awareness.

  • Integrative Counselling

Integrative counselling combines elements of various different theories, and makes use of the attributes of these different approaches, providing a specifically tailored integrated approach considered advantageous to you as a client.

For example:

The Brooks-Harris Integrative Multi-theoretical Psychotherapy (MTP) framework starts with the straight-forward premise that thoughts, actions, and feelings interact with one another and are shaped by biological, interpersonal, systemic, and cultural contexts.

This simple foundation is used to organize seven theoretical models that can be used to conceptualise problems and guide interventions, resulting in a sophisticated and integrated holistic approach to therapy.