Let's start with what I DONT DO. I don't give you advice because you are the expert of your own experiences. I also don't believe you need fixing because you are not broken.
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 take more of a direct yet empathetic approach. I am a strategic and present listener. I use humour and lightness and keep sessions more casual rather than clinical to create trust, openness and safety. I allow space for in-depth emotional exploration and processing, yet also space to be practical and have action-oriented solutions.
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, and using photographs. I also use Qigong and body movement to help you tap into what's going on in your body.
Coaching invites change and tends to be more directive and action driven. I can help you work towards getting more out of life or getting your life in sync. By using these skills I can help you change perspective, recognize obstacles, and explore your potential. I can help you set future goals and strategies to get where you want to get to and help you stay on track. Life coaching techniques can offer clarity and support you taking thoughtful action.
Talk therapy is insightful and reflective. It 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, Emotionally Focused, Internal Family Systems and self-compassionate, mindfulness-centred body-based techniques such as the Hakomi method.