I use an integrative approach to counselling . This means that I integrate parts of different counselling therapies into my practice with my clients. I think deeply about what parts I decide to incorporate into your counselling, depending on your own needs, and my knowledge and expertise in counselling helps me to tailor my counselling to suit you, as an individual .
The therapies I use are :-
Person Centred Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I see the counselling relationship as a growing alliance between the counsellor and client. The alliance begins to grow from the outset, with safe and confidential boundaries put in place at the beginning. As I start to offer you my warmth and non-judgemental attitude, you may find that you start to feel safe enough to open up, face your fears and explore your emotional difficulties with me.
I facilitate a supportive relationship. I do this by listening without judgement and by not telling you what to do. I help and encourage you to find the answers. Supporting you in this way means you develop the necessary skills and tools to help you solve your own problems and move forward.
I will work through your issues with you, at your pace, and I as I listen attentively to how you feel, I will reflect back my understanding to show you I care, and I will validate the difficult feelings you are experiencing.
Exploring your issues in a safe place can help you to realise how certain situations trigger negative thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Gaining awareness can help you to find new ways of thinking and develop coping strategies that are more helpful to you. I may challenge you gently at times to help you access your blind spots and help you develop self awareness, for example, in situations where I feel your thinking is distorted, or when it sounds like you are being hard on yourself.
People can enter into counselling for a variety of different reasons. Below are some examples of issues I specialise in, however, the sessions are about you and whatever you feel you want to bring with you. I care about all my clients and their issues are extremely important to me, so there is no such thing as a client or issue being 'unimportant', or a problem being too 'minor'.
Low self-esteem and confidence
Adult survivors of sexual abuse
I can offer you face to face appointments (including evening appointments) in Exeter at :
34 Denmark Road
I can also offer you appointments at:-
17 Hartley Road