Think of me as a fellow traveller in your healing and growth journey. I believe our therapeutic connection contributes to your strengthened resilience and change. Developing a respectful and collaborative relationship can enhance your openness to guidance, encouragement and support from me so you are empowered through the counselling process.
My style is supportive, encouraging and accepting. I tend to take more of a direct yet empathetic approach. I am a strategic and present listener. I will use humour and lightness and keep sessions more casual rather than clinical to create trust, openness and safety. I will allow space for in-depth emotional exploration and processing, yet also space to be practical and have action-oriented solutions.
I appreciate you are the expert of your experiences. My role is to ask the right questions, provide different perspectives, validate, guide and challenge you, offer feedback on unhealthy thought and behaviour patterns and help you see and do things in new ways.
Creativity taps into the different senses and means experiencing. It can help to address the mind/body link, enhance emotional understanding in a non-intimidating way and can promote presence and awareness. In counselling sessions, it can take different forms: visual arts, writing, working with sand or play doh, music, using photographs or body-movement. I also use the Hakomi method and Qigong when appropriate.
Life coaching tends to be more action driven. By using these skills I can help you change perspective, recognize obstacles and, explore your potential. You can set future goals and strategies to get where you want to get to. Life coaching techniques offer clarity and support taking thoughtful action.
Talk therapy helps you dig deep and focus on the long term. Emotional exploration and awareness can help you shift painful feelings, self-destructive patterns and learn realistic coping skills. I draw from such evidence-based talk therapies as: Solutions-focused, CBT, Narrative, Acceptance & Commitment, Dialectical Behavior, Emotionally Focused, Humanistic, Internal Family Systems model and self-compassionate mindfulness-based techniques.