What Happens in a Session?
To a very large extent, what the work we do together looks like depends on you. There is no formula, everyone is different, and you are always in control. Some of the ways in which we could work include:
Talking. Many people find that just talking to someone and being really heard and understood is all that is needed to help them sort through their feelings and make sense of things for themselves.
Breath-work, Body Awareness and Relaxation. I have various tools I can share to help you access your inner resilience and calm your system down so that you can ground and contain any strong feelings which are brought up by the sessions, and deal with your life from a calmer and more empowered place. In addition the body can be an important source of insight in its own right, and can offer us a different perspective on problems to our brain.
Movement. Often we don't offer ourselves a chance to let our body move as it really wants to. Movement is a very basic way in which we communicate how we feel to ourselves and others. Often movement can allow us to access emotions in a new way, and can bypass the 'stuck record' that can happen when we rely over-much on talking and thinking to solve our problems. In any session you are free to move about, and spread out (or be still and contained) in any way you wish.
Creativity. We can use art, voice work, sand trays and other methods to access and process intuition and feelings.
Walking and talking. Some people find it very much nicer to work out of doors than inside. Walking together and talking things over can help you see the world in a new way, may be comforting if you are in distress, and can help you discover fresh perspectives on what is going on in your life.
It’s all about relationship
I believe that we all have within us an innate wisdom and tendency towards healing and wholeness: when we feel safe, accepted and allowed to be ourselves it is natural for us to start to orientate towards well-being and growth. My aim is to create a space in which you can unfold, explore, grow and let go of what no longer serves you as feels right to you.
By far the most important element in successful therapy is the quality of relationship between client and therapist. I aim to treat you as an equal with understanding and respect, to meet you where you are, and to be real, present and empathic. I undertake to self-reflect, be honest if I make a mistake and to act responsibly and ethically at all times.
How do you know if this is a good fit for you?
If you’re thinking about doing some counselling or therapy it’s really important to make sure that you choose the right person to work with. For this reason I offer a free initial consultation so you can get to meet me and get a sense of whether you think I would be a good person for you.