I am a clinical psychotherapist and psychotherapeutic counsellor. I have trained in both Integrative Counselling and Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy. Humanistic beliefs inform theway I work with clients: I believe in the capacity of all people to heal and to develop as an individual, once they have an appropriate type and level of support.
I believe we are born with an innate tendency to achieve what is best for us, given the freedom to choose. During our life, this innate ability can be weakened by a lack of support within relationships and our wider environment. As a psychotherapist, I enable clients to better connect with what they are experiencing in the here and now, so as to work towards a point where they are able, once again, to choose freely in their lives.
This applies to many experiences in life, including problems in personal relationships and in the workplace. Difficulty adjusting to external stimuli means we may stop relating harmoniously with our environment, and instead experience dissatisfaction. This may manifest itself as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, somatization (when psychological distress manifests itself as bodily symptoms), the need to isolate oneself from others, extreme anger or suppression of emotions, body desensitisation or hyper-arousal.
I see my role as promoting self-awareness so as to enable clients to “unblock” the present and/or past. Changing past scripts allows a new narrative to emerge, free from unhelpful beliefs, biases and societal stereotypes, which in turn leaves clients once more able to choose
freely in life.