I use Relational Transactional Analysis (TA) as my main theoretical framework. It offers an accessible theory of human development, personality and social interaction. It can assist in understanding why we may be stuck in repetitive patterns of unfulfilling experiences. 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.
A good therapeutic relationship where there is trust between client and therapist is an important aspect of successful therapy. I work to create a space where you feel supported by me when you may be feeling at your most vulnerable or distressed. There may be times when problems experienced in life ‘out there’ may emerge between client and therapist, this may help you understand other relationships in your life and provide an opportunity for change.
I offer a non-judgemental approach and hold the belief that:
All people matter and are of value, and deserve respect and validation.
We all have the potential to be authentic, alive and fulfilled human beings.
Our past has a profound influence on how we are in the present. We need to deal with the negative consequences of our experiences in order to create the conditions needed for growth and fulfilment.
We are people in relationship. Understanding and improving how we relate to others and how we relate to ourselves and our pasts is an important part of therapy.
With the help of a therapist, we can increase self-awareness, which enables us to choose to make positive and lasting changes in our lives.
My counselling 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.