My approach to Counselling

Most of us at some  point in our lives require more support than usual.   This is where counselling comes in.

Many of our difficulties are linked to unsatisfactory relationships with the people around us, both past and present.   Sometimes we develop habits and obsessions which make us unhappy.  We often feel as though we’re on an emotional see-saw.   And feeling out of control can result in strange and confusing behaviour.

When working with you I will bear in mind your relationship with your family.  Many of our attitudes and behaviours in our relationships can be matched with the way we see family members and remember our responses to situations when we were children.  I will help you to make useful connections in order to understand why you’re feeling as you do today or why you respond to certain situations in ways that are unhelpful in a present relationship.

Within the Humanistic approach I am a person-centred counsellor.  What this means for you is that I will see you as a unique individual with your own unique worries and concerns.  I will focus on you and what you feel you need to work on now.

This means I may also draw on other ways of seeing the human condition and working with what troubles us.  These include Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis and the Human Givens approach.