How do I work with clients?
Counselling and psychotherapy is when two people sit in a room together and have an open dialogue which can be healing, transformative and challenging.
I work relationally which means we can use our therapeutic and professional relationship to explore how you relate to yourself and others. I endeavour not to be aloof or take the stance of expert but to sit with you in your struggle as someone who also can struggle with living.
I tend to work with clients in a way which places the actual, current lived experience of situations and feelings at the forefront of our process together. I may invite you to consider your particular concerns in terms of meaning and identity, of the implications of your way of being in the world. We may wish to explore some of the tensions, conflicts, and paradoxes that arise in living and making sense of our lives.
Therapy is not the same as talking with a friend: it is both an intimate and a professional relationship which needs to be clearly defined and which forms the basis of the therapeutic work. Because this relationship is so important, an initial consultation session can help us to decide if we are 'right' for each other. I can provide referrals to other therapists and practitioners where appropriate.
The overriding quality of our sessions together would be that the sessions are for you, about you, and yours to use as you wish. Many clients find this both comforting and empowering.