I qualified as a therapist in 2015, having completed a three year training to gain an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
An integrative approach means I have trained in different models of counselling, which means I understanding human experiences from different perspectives, for example, I’m really interested in how your past is influencing your present, your view of the world and of yourself and how you make sense of your experiences.
I am also very interested in your relationships, as exploring these will help us both understand how you relate to others in your life and how your way of relating may be impacting on you and maintaining your issues. I’m also interested in what’s happening for you unconsciously, the defences you use to protect yourself and how you relate to me in the session.
Being able to think about and understand your problems from different perspectives will help you to find ways of moving forwards in life.
My first career was in television production, working as a researcher on light entertainment programmes and then I made the leap into the charity sector for twelve years, working as a support worker, supporting a wide range of people with issues including addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling) domestic abuse and mental health issues.
Moving into therapy felt like a natural progression and changed the focus of my work from being about solving practical issues to thinking about and understanding the underlying issues/route causes of problems, the meaning they hold and how people can change.
If you’re wondering if counselling/therapy is for you, then please get in touch .