My approach to therapy
I view counselling and therapy as team work – a collaboration between a client and a therapist, working together to solve a problem and find solutions to a difficult or painful situation.
Often, making the first step of reaching out and seeking help is the hardest part - recognising that we can no longer face the problem alone, and that we need the support of a professional to guide us along the way.
The first session is for us to get to know each-other, for you to express what brings you to therapy, and for me to understand what your hopes and expectations are for therapy. If we decide to start working together, we'll define some common goals and decide on a treatment plan for the difficulties you're coming to work on. If, however, we feel that another colleague would be a better fit for you, I can refer you on to the appropriate person.
I work using an integrative model - my aim is to adapt the way that I work and the therapeutic tools I use to the issues at hand and the person I work with. Rather than exclusively using a single approach and imposing it on my client, I prefer to build the therapy together and to adapt the work according to need.
The idea is not to open Pandora’s box, but to work step-by-step
in order to find relief at the pace that feels right for you.
Thus, from my therapeutic toolbox, I can pick and choose tools from various approaches and theories - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness meditation, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), etc… My goal is to help my client build and develop his own toolbox, in order to quickly be able to apply them in daily life, and therefore leave with the capacity to deal with and manage the issues which brought him to seek help in the first place.
The most important part of successful therapeutic work is finding someone with whom you feel comfortable. This implies not only finding someone with the right training and experience, but most importantly, working with someone with whom you feel you can develop a warm, safe and trusting working relationship. The important thing is finding the right therapist for you.