I am a humanistic integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor trained in Transactional Analysis (TA). I also draw on psychodynamic and psychoanalytic elements in my work.
This means I hold a belief that all people matter and deserve respect and validation. We all have the potential to be authentic and fulfilled human beings and have a natural tendency to move towards growth.
In some of our earlier experiences, we learn that our needs are not acceptable to those around us which may result in us being unable to fully accept or recognise what we need. These experiences have shaped our personalities and relationships which can prevent us from being autonomous and spontaneous in the here and now. This can lead to anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, shame, trauma and other forms of psychological distress as we adapt and learn to ignore what we need.
In a therapeutic relationship where there is acceptance, empathy and support we can learn to understand and improve how we relate to ourselves, others and our experiences. This can increase our self-awareness and enable us to learn to accept ourselves and our needs (e.g., the need for love, respect, rest, excitement, relationships, expression of anger or tears...) and choose to make lasting changes to our lives. As problems often arise from relationships they are also healed through relationships.
My psychotherapeutic counselling practice is LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus) and GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) inclusive. I fully accept your sexuality, gender identity and relationship style, and do not view these fundamental parts of you as things that need treating or changing.