I work as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist which means I am trained in a number of different therapeutic models that are proven to be effective. My qualifications and trainings include Person Centred, Reality Therapy, REBT, Addiction Counselling, Motivational Interviewing and Family Therapy. Additionally I hold Practitioner Skills, Nutritional Interventions, Management of Obesity and Binge Eating certificates from the National Centre for Eating Disorders. I draw on these in an integrative and systemic way that is best suited for each individual and their needs.
A brief description of some of these therapies is below:
Devised by Carl Rogers, this is also known as Rogerian or client-centred counselling. It is based on the view that everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. Rather than being seen as the expert and directing the therapy, the counsellor offers unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence to help the client develop and grow in their own way.
Reality therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on problem-solving and making better choices in order to achieve specific goals and is focused on the here and now rather than the past. Together, we explore the ideal solution to problems and lay out the steps to make those solutions a reality. We also make an honest evaluation of your current choices and behaviours to determine whether change is needed to achieve your goals. Throughout the process, emphasis is placed on those actions and thoughts that are within your control rather than blaming or trying to control others.
REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy)
REBT is a form of cognitive behaviour therapy based on the theory that emotional and behavioural problems are the result of our irrational thoughts and beliefs. Therapists take an active role in helping clients to identify these thoughts and replace them with more rational and realistic assumptions and ideas.
Motivational Interviewing is established as an evidence-‐based practice in the treatment of individuals with addiction or substance use disorders. It focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence and centres on motivational processes within the individual that facilitate change.
This is a form of systemic therapy, used to treat a family system rather than individual members of the family. It enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.