Some clients who I see are trying to balance demands of life and maintain their creative practice; they sometimes experience low mood and frustration in realising their work, and just as in painting, they may need to take a step back to see the full picture.
I recognise the impact of traumatic experience from the past that may have shaped your experience in the present. We would work together to help you voice this experience and develop a more grounded and holistic response to yourself.
I often use art or mindfulness approaches to explore and support the work, if you are open to these. I work collaboratively, as we explore issues together, discovering through our therapeutic relationship a deeper understanding of how and why we respond. You will gain an appreciation of yourself and understand how to support yourself in the future.
I believe that we all have the potential to enhance our lives and develop ourselves, through understanding and self-compassion, and I look forward to working with you to help you gain a new perspective.
My theoretical understanding is drawn from attachment, humanistic and relational perspectives. Each of these approaches emphasises the importance of human connection throughout life, in co-creating who we become and how we experience.
Humanistic psychology values the individual experience, as your unique experience. The relational approach sees our relationship in therapy as fundamental in our work together. So within this I recognise the impact of traumatic experience from the past. I might explore with you how your patterns and past has shaped your experience in the present, or focus on the here and now. Through our developing therapeutic relationship you may discover insights into how you relate, and other possible ways of being and responding
I recognise the important role of cultural, spiritual experience and beliefs. I value the individual’s search for meaning..
I bring warmth and openness to my work, seeking to create a trusting relationship. I am flexible and empathic, working to develop understanding and insight to enable self-acceptance and growth.
I will provide a safe place where you can express your feelings and explore your issues. We may also use mindfulness if you resonate with this approach.
I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for good practice. I undertake continued training to keep my knowledge and skills up-to-date and attend regular clinical counselling supervision with an experienced psychotherapist/supervisor.