During the many years that I have been practising I have studied and learnt from a range of humanistic and relational models of therapy, the counselling approach that I am comprehensively trained in and value the most is the person-centred approach.
How does it work?
Experience has taught me that self-realisation is a much more powerful change agent than symptom management. As a person moves to a more accepting and valuing self-relationship, harmful attitudes that tend to perpetuate harmful behaviour or thinking are replaced by healthier ones. My aim is to facilitate a therapeutic relationship which embodies profound connection with the person coming to counselling so that each of us can be fully real with the other and are able to understand and value the other at a high level.
The benefits of a good counselling experience comes about from a co-created endeavour, between client and therapist. The ability of the therapist, the quality of the relationship and the motivation of the person coming for therapy are strong indicators for a beneficial therapeutic outcome.