I initially trained in Person Centred Counselling; this was an excellent starting point in how to develop a supportive and engaging relationship with my clients. I have since gone on to study and train in other models of therapy such as Psychoanalytic, Existential, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). When I applied for my BACP Accreditation, this application process demanded I review and take stock of the way I work with clients. I define my therapeutic approach to be “Integrative” in that I adapt the way I work to meet the needs of each individual client. I firmly believe that each client’s personal experiences and knowledge plays an important part in their recovery. We can explore how you managed aspects of your life and relationships.
We will look at why you have handled situations the way you have done. I believe each of us has the innate skills to navigate our self through our lives, yet sometimes it can be ourselves that can get in the way of this happening. The process of therapy is a journey for you to explore, discover and understand parts of yourself that you may have not seen or considered previously.
It may take us time to understand certain patterns that make up the way you have been living your life. I will be able to see your situation form a slightly different perspective and by doing so be able to support you to see what might be the most appropriate course of action for you to consider. I have experience of and knowledge of working with physical, emotional and sexual abuse, Addictions/ substance Misuse, anxiety, cultural identity issues, depression, gender identity, minority issues, sexuality, shame, relationships difficulties, spirituality and trauma. I ask clients to consider that there is no quick fix and that for a solution to be realistic and achievable it may take a reasonable time for this to happen. Sessions last for one hour and are usually on a weekly basis. Some clients prefer to work in a less formal way with irregular appointments; we are able to discuss this at our first meeting.
The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) provides an Ethical Framework for Standards of Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy (updated last in 2010). The Framework clearly outlines for both Counsellors and Psychotherapists what is expected of them in terms of good standards of clinical practice.
As an Accredited Member of the BACP I strictly abide by the Ethical Framework in my work with clients. I also have met the requirements to be able to be included in the BACP voluntary register of UK Counsellor’s & Psychotherapists. For information of what the Framework means to you please see the BACP web site: http://bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/