How I work

      I work with individuals, groups, couples and adolescents

      I have a special interest working with:
              post /ante natal depression
              women's experiences of childbirth & motherhood
              the ageing process

      I will help you:
              understand your present situation
              look at your options
              decide what to do next
              plan how to get there

      I can help you work through:
              loss and grief
              anxiety and depression
              relationship and other life issues

      I am available for groupwork, training and facilitation

My theoretical perspective

We have the strength and skills within us to make the changes we want

    Person-Centered Therapy (PCT)

          Working with respect, understanding and empathy, to help you find meaning to life

          Helping you identify and understand what is keeping you stuck

          Improving how you feel about yourself & unlocking the strength within

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

          To explore the connections with your thoughts, feelings and behaviour

          To offer practical strategies to resolve problems

          To work constructively with change

I also use techniques from:

          Solution Focus Therapy

          Motivational Interviewing

          Interactive Drawing Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy (PCT)

Also known as Client-centered therapy or Rogerian Psychotherapy, it was developed by the humanist psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 1950s. It is one of the most widely used models in mental health and psychotherapy. The basic elements of Rogerian therapy involve showing congruence (genuineness), empathy, and unconditional positive regard toward a client. Based on these elements the therapist creates a supportive, non-judgmental environment in which the client is encouraged to reach their full potential.

Person-centered therapy is used to help a person achieve personal growth and/or come to terms with a specific event or problem they are having. PCT is based on the principle of talking therapy and is a non-directive approach. The therapist encourages the client to express their feelings and does not suggest how the person might wish to change, but by listening and then mirroring back what the client reveals to them, helps them to explore and understand their feelings for themselves. The client is then able to decide what kind of changes they would like to make and can achieve personal growth. In client centered therapy the therapists role is mainly to act as a facilitator and to provide a comfortable environment NOT to drive and direct therapy outcomes. (Wikipaedia)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Often called Cognitive Behavior Therapy, it is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to influence problematic and dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure. CBT can be seen as an umbrella term for therapies that share a theoretical basis in behavioristic learning theory and cognitive psychology, and that use methods of change derived from these theories.

CBT treatments have received empirical support for efficient treatment of a variety of clinical and non-clinical problems, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and psychotic disorders. It is often brief and time-limited. It is used in individual therapy as well as group settings, and the techniques are also commonly adapted for self-help applications. Some CBT therapies are more oriented towards predominately cognitive interventions while some are more behaviorally oriented. In cognitive oriented therapies, the objective is typically to identify and monitor thoughts, assumptions, beliefs and behaviors that are related and accompanied to debilitating negative emotions and to identify those which are dysfunctional, inaccurate, or simply unhelpful. This is done in an effort to replace or transcend them with more realistic and useful ones.

CBT was primarily developed through a merging of behavior therapy with cognitive therapy. While rooted in rather different theories, these two traditions found common ground in focusing on the "here and now" and symptom removal. Many CBT treatment programs for specific disorders have been developed and evaluated for efficacy and effectiveness; the health-care trend of evidence-based treatment, where specific treatments for specific symptom-based diagnoses are recommended, has favored CBT over other approaches such as psychodynamic treatments. (Wikipaedia)

Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT)

Solution Focused Brief Therapy, often referred to as simply 'solution focused therapy' or 'brief therapy', is a type of talking therapy that is based upon social constructionist philosophy. It focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on the problem(s) that made them seek help. The approach does not focus on the past, but instead, focuses on the present and future. The therapist/counselor uses respectful curiosity to invite the client to envision their preferred future and then therapist and client start attending to any moves towards it whether these are small increments or large changes. To support this, questions are asked about the client's story, strengths and resources, and about exceptions to the problem.

Solution focused therapists believe that change is constant. By helping people identify the things that they wish to have change in their life and also to attend to those things that are currently happening that they wish to continue happening, SFBT therapists help their clients to construct a concrete vision of a preferred future for themselves. The SFBT therapist then helps the client to identify times in their current life that are closer to this future, and examines what is different on these occasions. By bringing these small successes to their awareness, and helping them to repeat these successful things they do when the problem is not there or less severe, the therapists helps the client move towards the preferred future they have identified.

Solution focused work can be seen as a way of working that focuses exclusively or predominantly at two things. 1) Supporting people to explore their preferred futures. 2) Exploring when, where, with whom and how pieces of that preferred future are already happening. While this is often done using a social constructionist perspective the approach is practical and can be achieved with no specific theoretical framework beyond the intention to keep as close as possible to these two things. (Wikipaedia)

Interactive DrawingTherapy - IDT

Uses right-brain drawing and writing techniques to complement and extend the more common left-brain talking and cognitive processes. IDT accesses wise and resourceful parts of the unconscious, and provides us with new tools for understanding and working with the therapeutic process.

By externalising onto the page, the clients change their perceptions about themselves, their experiences, and their world of possibilities. IDT allows the words, images and behaviours of the client to reveal where they are in their therapeutic process, the nature of the underlying issues, and how best to intervene. IDT is a client-centred, process-directed method that follows the natural path of the psyche as it seeks to resolve issues, release potential, and move on. (

If you would like to know more please contact me. I am happy to give a brief free consultation to discuss your needs and how I can be of help.

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