I work in a humanistic way, also sometimes described as person-centred or client centred, which basically means that I am here as your facilitator and that you are the expert on you, as only you can know your inner-most thoughts. As such, I am not here to provide an advisory service. I am here to help you to explore your situation, your perceived problems and the options available to you, including the options you didn’t initially recognise that you had, so that you can choose the way to proceed that is best for you.
From the start I want to know what your goals for therapy are, i.e. what you want to come away with from these sessions. Knowing this helps us to focus our approach, to help us get you from where you are to where you want to be. The size and complexity of these goals and the pace at which you can comfortably work through your challenges will have some influence on how many sessions will be needed.
I also want to know if you’ve had any kind of talking therapy and if so, what worked well and what didn’t, so that we can use more of the things you found helpful before and avoid using the things you know were unhelpful to you.
I work in an integrative way, which means I call upon the tools and approaches that appear to best fit when it comes to resolving the problems you are presenting.
I work with a pluralistic philosophy, which means that if there is more than one way to approach a problem, I’ll let you know what those approaches are so that we can collaboratively choose which approach to take.
Some of the potential benefits of individual counselling are:
Some of the limitations or drawbacks of individual counselling are:
I hope you have found this helpful.