here are many different therapeutic approaches, such as Jungian, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), and Integrative. The therapeutic approach that I use is Person-Centred. This type of therapy:
- is led by the client. This means that I will not ask you to talk about certain issues; rather you can speak about what you feel is important. This is because I believe that you know what to talk about in order to help yourself;
- aims to provide a positive relationship where you can explore personal and painful issues and emotions, without judgement;
- means that I will be myself in the session, as opposed to trying to be an expert on your life;
- focuses on having a healing relationship with the client;
- enables a person to move towards being who he/she wants to be, rather than how he/she should be or has been taught to be by parents, friends, and/or society.
The journal article below gives more information about the Person-Centred approach which I practice: Carl Rogers (1957): The necessary and sufficient conditions of therapeutic personality change; Journal of Consulting Psychology, Vol. 21, pp. 95–103.
Ecotherapy and Working in Nature
I work therapeutically with people in the outdoors as well as indoors. The current name for this is Ecotherapy. This may involve simply walking in the woods or on the moors during the session. Or it may mean finding a spot outside which holds importance for you, and conducting the therapy sessions there. The following article by Martin Jordan gives some more insight into this area of therapy: Back to nature; Therapy Today, April, 2009, pp. 28-30.
I also have an indoor space that we can use if the weather is looking foreboding!
I have experience of using Cognitive Behaviuoural Therapy in my work, and we can look at how this may or may not be useful for you.
Therapy sessions last for one hour. I offer open-ended therapy, so there are no limits to how long I work with people. For example, some people want 6-12 sessions, while others feel that they need longer-term therapy.
I provide a confidential space in my therapy sessions so that clients can freely talk about any issue they need to. This is a keystone of my private practice, as without confidentiality people will not feel able to explore all areas that they want to.
Ethics and Safe Practice
As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I work to the BACP Ethical Framework. I also have regular one-to-one and peer supervision in which my practice is explored and checked by an accredited supervisor.