How I Work
My Therapeutic Approach
My approach to therapy is integrative
My aim is to integrate a coherent combination of cognitive, emotional and somatic, trauma-focused approaches within a supportive therapeutic relationship to help facilitate new meaning, new possibilities and new choices to enable you to live a more fulfilling, meaningful and liberated life.
My initial training in counselling was as a humanistic-integrative therapist, and I have undertaken further training in existential therapy. In addition I have specialist training in trauma-focused counselling. My current approach is a trauma-focused, integrative therapist.
As an integrative therapist I will use the way of working that is right for you at any specific time. I integrate a variety of mainstream psychotherapy practices within an overarching trauma-informed framework. I take the view that there is no single approach that can help each client in all situations. people need to been seen as a whole and counselling approaches need to be adapted to their individual needs and situation. At times, you might need someone to listen and just let you tell your story. At other times, you might need someone to be more directive and give you practical skills to help you navigate life and work with your emotions and thoughts. At another point, you might need someone to challenge your own view of life and help you find a better way of being and existing in the world.
"Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, everything is possible." - Mandy Hale
What is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma therapy helps people overcome psychological trauma. A traumatic event is defined as one in which you perceive a threat to your life, bodily integrity, or sanity. The other component of the definition is your reaction to the event or situation. Trauma occurs when your ability to handle the event is comprised.
Trauma therapy is not one specific type of treatment, a variety of therapies can be used alone or in conjunction with one another to help you deal with the trauma and move on with your life.
Trauma-focused therapy changes the question from ‘What is wrong with you?’ to ‘What has happened to you?’.