It’s important to get to know and trust your therapist, so please read on to learn about my qualifications, background and approach to working with clients.
QUALIFICATION AND BACKGROUND
I am a Certified Transactional Analyst, UKCP Registered, MSc qualified Psychotherapist. I attended UKCP accredited training in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. I am a Member of both the UK and European Associations of Transactional Analysis (UKATA and EATA). Additionally, I offer Clinical Supervision for Counsellors.
HOW I WORK.
|Integrity, trustworthiness, a willingness to be honest and real with my clients are my main qualities. I value genuineness and respect, these values shape my style as a therapist, I believe that everyone as the right to expect open dialogue that encourages recognition of different thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
My focus is on the emotional health of each of my clients and their sense of well being within the session. With this I provide an impartial, non-judgmental and supportive environment to encourage individuals to grow through attaining greater individual awareness, intimacy and spontaneity. I offer an initial consultation/assessment for us to talk about what you are bringing to therapy and to decide if we want to arrange more appointments.
My motivation for being a therapist is to facilitate greater psychological health and knowledge in adults so they are able to recognise and improve their impact on others particularly children by providing healthier environmental and social factors. To reduce the stigma attached to mental and emotional health issues, finding ways of providing affordable and accessible therapy so that more people are able to feel the benefits of therapy and education. I adopt a different approach to many therapists because I offer opportunities to work in therapeutic groups and psycho-educational classes as well as one-to-one and couples' therapy.
|Providing opportunities for prevention of issues is incredibly important to me as well as offering healing and repair. My approach to cure is it takes time, much like a physical scar if damage has occurred it is likely to fully repair yet will leave a mark and will never be quite the same and if you catch it is likely to hurt. Mental and emotional scars are similar although we cannot physcially see them we may experience episodes of regression to old behaviour, feeling and thought patterns if stressful conditions occur.
I find working in groups is particularly effective with regard to learning about how you interact and respond in relationship with yourself and others.
I work in accordance with the Ethics of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) and the United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA).
I practice Transactional Analysis (TA) models, concepts and theories because I enjoy working in a Humanistic and Integrative way. I also use technics from other modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centred, Gestalt and Pyschodynamic theories.
One of the cornerstones of TA is the idea that everyone has the choice and ability to make new decisions about their life and the way ahead whether they have chosen to change or had change imposed. TA allows us to look at some of our deeper issues, challenge unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours so we can learn to live more fulfilled lives, heal old wounds and feel generally better about ourselves.