The counselling relationship is fundamental and trust, safety, respect and acceptance are all qualities I value highly. I abide by the BACP ethical framework for good practice.
I work in a collaborative way to facilitate your self understanding and support you in gaining clarity re the issues you are facing. I have a wide knowledge and experience of personal, family, work and relationship issues gained through my 25 years of experience and I use this to help my clients work through their problems.
I am flexible in how I work and adapt my approach to fit the needs of the client I am working with. I have a long standing interest in the body mind relationship and embodied self awareness. Also development issues through childhood and ways to heal ourselves through reparenting our own wounded child parts. Where appropriate I work with what is happening in the present and help you to link this to underlying issues that are influencing your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the present. It is becoming accepted wisdom, from experience and research, that having a compassionate and understanding attitude to oneself and one's thoughts, feelings and behaviours improves one's well being and functioning. I am skilled in modelling and facilitating this process for my clients.
I am interested in how the felt sense, sensations and feelings can help heal trauma this is linked to the work of Peter Levine. I have studied many mind body approaches in particular Mindfulness and since 2019 The Rosen Method. I will draw upon the wisdom and practices of these approaches in my work with you. I don't use touch in my counselling or coaching work.
I work with couples having trained in couples counselling with Jill Gabriel in 2004. My approach here is to help couples communicate more openly and constructively with more authenticity. This can lead to gain greater understanding of each others thoughts, feelings and needs as well as the particular relationship dynamics in your partnership. From here changes can occur to these attitudes, feelings and behaviours including greater acceptance of yourself and each other. The ideas within Non Violent Communication - Marshall Rosenberg can be very beneficial for moving through conflict and I integrate these into my work.
My person centred values help me to build trusting relationships with both partners so that greater openness and honesty can be forthcoming from both parties. I have studied non violent communication which I find is very beneficial in working through conflict between couples and individuals.
I believe in reflective practice and have an ongoing commitment to my own personal development. I attend Rosen Method Bodywork intensives on a regular basis and I have regular, confidential, professional supervision.
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