How I work
I have experience working with a broad range of issues and see each client as a unique individual. I endeavour to offer my clients a safe, warm and welcoming space to explore issues, gain clarity and insight into how problems have come about, and ideas on how to move forwards. I am actively involved in the counselling process, working alongside you and always in reference to your own goals and understanding of yourself.
In an initial session I will explain briefly how I work and then the main part of the session will give you the chance to talk about what brings you to counselling and what you hope to achieve. We will review the session at the end and we may make a decision then as to whether to go ahead with counselling or whether you’d like some time to think this through.
Although theoretical orientation is important each therapist will have their own unique way of working. The research into therapy suggests that the quality of the relationship between a therapist and their client is perhaps the most important indicator of success so it is important to choose the right therapist to work with.
I very much see therapy as my clients leading the way wherever possible. I also see myself as an active participant in the work and see therapy as a co-creative process.
What is Integrative Existential Counselling?
I describe my work as being ‘Integrative’. This means I practice in a way which utilises ideas from across the counselling spectrum. However, my foundation is based in existential philosophy.
My training in Integrative Counselling introduced me to a number of different theories of counselling. When I began this course I had recently completed a degree in philosophy which was heavily biased towards Existential philosophy. I found that I was drawn towards ways of doing therapy that were based on existential ideas (particularly the work of Emmy van Deurzen and Irvin Yalom).
Existential philosophy and therapy is actually very practical and sees the importance of decision making and experience in how we make sense of ourselves and life. Our relationships are fundamentally important in terms of our own identity. The past, present and future are interwoven and all given attention in existential therapy. How we see the future, and what our plans and goals are, says something important about ourselves.
The question of meaning is fundamental to existential therapy. This is about the therapist helping people explore what is meaningful in their lives and how they can experience a more meaningful future, in keeping with their own values.
Existential Therapy can also help people get in touch with their freedom and feel more empowered to make decisions.