We often feel very unhappy indeed. We can
have relationship difficulties that cause immense pain. Some
of us feel socially isolated, some of us, indeed, feel isolated
We don't feel 'good enough'. We seek meaning and understanding.
Above all, we want to feel better than we do now.
I believe that counselling gives the client a safe and facilitating
environment to use the mind of a trained and experienced 'other'
to explore these personal pains and concerns. As a psychologist
and counsellor, I provide a warm, welcoming, safe and reliable
place for this to occur.
With some issues I will tend to use a lifespan or psychodynamic
approach, focusing on the influence and link between early
childhood experiences on relationships and behaviours in later
life. It offers a safe and secure framework to allow understanding
of the human condition across the life span. For other problems
I tend to use a more cognitive behavioural approach, recognizing
that the way we feel and think influences our behaviours.