I am a humanistic psychotherapeutic counsellor trained in Relational Transactional Analysis (TA); my training also included elements of the psychodynamic approach which I integrate 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 self-understanding and growth.
Some of us learn in our earlier experiences that our feelings and needs are not acceptable to those around us which may result in us being unable to fully accept ourselves, our feelings and our needs. These ways of being-with-others have shaped our personalities and relationships which can prevent us from being autonomous, spontaneous and creative in the here and now. This can lead to anxiety and depression, relational difficulties, shame, trauma and other forms of distress as we adapt and learn to ignore our true selves.
Through a healing therapeutic relationship, where there is support, acceptance and empathy, we can learn to understand and improve how we relate to others and how we relate to ourselves and our past experiences. This can increase our self-awareness which enables us to learn to accept ourselves more fully, honour ourselves and choose to make positive and lasting changes to our lives.
A good therapeutic relationship, where there is trust between client and therapist, is an important aspect of successful therapy. I work to create a confidential and non-judgemental space where you feel supported by me when you may be feeling at your most vulnerable or distressed.
My practice is LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus) and GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative. I fully accept your sexual and gender identity and do not view these fundamental parts of you as things that need treating or changing.
Read more about me and my qualifications here