My counselling style is collaborative, creative, experiential, holistic, flexible, compassionate and tailored to you. I believe that the counsellor-client relationship is foundational for any therapeutic work to happen so creating a safe environment is priority. I value integrating self-care, self-compassion and using a strengths-based approach.
Appropriate to you, I am committed to blending creative approaches and such evidence-based therapies as Solutions-focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Existential-humanistic, Positive Psychology, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Hakomi and mindfulness-based techniques.
Together we will determine a relevant and realistic plan so you can achieve your counselling goals. The length of time for the counselling process will be dependent on you and your situation but I will guide your healing so you can feel better as quickly as possible.
Are creative approaches right for you?
You may be thinking you are not creative but every person has creative potential. Perhaps you are just not used to using creativity.
In sessions, you will never be forced to be creative if you are not ready. The therapeutic shift comes from the process and not the end-product.
There is a meaningful connection between creativity and therapy. Creative interventions can be helpful in addressing the mind/body connection and enhancing one's emotional understanding in a non-threatening way.
I will guide you to tap into your own creative abilities that can open up doors to self-exploration and recalling your own strengths. You’ll be able to step outside of your problem, gain a different perspective and uncover possible new solutions.
We may use art making, collages, drawing, working with sand and clay, sculpting, music, photographs, expressive writing in the form of poetry, story-telling, journalling and Qigong (a slow movement exercise that is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine).