What I Offer
I provide individual therapy for adults and young people from 14 upwards. Counselling therapy does not discriminate, and all are welcome here.
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”
Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being
A Person-Centred Approach to Counselling
The person-centred theory was originally developed by Carl Rogers in the late 1940s, and it continues to evolve in terms of theory and practice today. It is part of a broader humanistic approach.
Person-centred therapy believes that the client is the expert in themselves as a unique individual. The counsellor is therefore not the expert. The approach when working with clients should be non-directive and client-led. Instead, the counsellor needs to begin to understand the client from the client’s unique frame of reference. The therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client is key to the overall success of therapy.
Rogers believed that an individual might enter counselling when an emotional disturbance is caused by having to live in a way that feels disingenuous to their own experiencing. We are shaped by the experiences, values and beliefs of others and society as a whole. In essence, we can become a product of our environment and those around us. Living in this way can mean that we lose trust in our own ability to make decisions and handle situations confidently. We can then become distressed as we begin to feel disempowered, with little control over what is going on in our lives.
The counsellor provides the client with the right conditions to facilitate growth and change. Rogers identified that the core conditions offered by the counsellor to facilitate therapeutic change were empathy, unconditional positive regard and genuineness. Providing the core conditions allows the client freedom to be themselves without fear of judgement and to hear themselves more clearly. The client begins to trust their experiencing, becoming empowered to be more autonomous. The client believes in their ability to make appropriate decisions even when they may differ from the ideas and beliefs of others. Such personal growth can then be applied to other situations and areas of the client’s life.
I have had training in the following and use them where appropriate within my counselling practice:
Person-centred Expressive Art Therapy and Person-Centred Art Therapy
Expressive art therapy helps the client channel feelings into something visual as a means of self-exploration. It involves a combination of art, movement, sound and writing. Natalie Rogers incorporated her father’s person-centred theory into the use of expressive arts for therapy, becoming known as a process called the Creative Connection. The Creative Connection offers the same core conditions and non-directivity as person-centred talking therapy does. One form of expression can stimulate another; for example, sound may enliven your art and writing. Creative expression can deepen self-understanding, release energy and free that which is in the edge of awareness, leading to personal growth and recovery.
Person-centred art therapy focuses entirely on the use of art mediums to aid self-discovery and growth. Developed by Liesl Silverstone with the approval of Carl Rogers himself, it differs from traditional art therapy. It allows the client to share and discover what is emerging during the process of art-making and to give their unique interpretation of any work they produce. The therapist may use words, topics or visualisations to aid the client’s image-making.
Using visual expression can be useful as a means to break down fears and expectations, and stimulate creativity. Visual work is lasting and can be revisited at a later date to make further connections or as a tool to review progress. It can also be distracting and soothing for those that find traditional talking therapy difficult or where there are general communication difficulties. It can be carried out in individual therapy or as part of group, family and relationship therapy. It is essential to understand that the work produced is more about the process than a competent piece of art, writing, music or dance. It is, therefore, open to everyone.
Using such methods is a personal choice and does not have to be used in the work we do. Talking therapy is excellent on its own!
Who I work with
I provide individual therapy for adults and young people from 14 upwards. I have a wide range of experience counselling adults and young people in secondary schools and university settings. Clients come from different backgrounds. Counselling therapy does not discriminate, and all are welcome here.
Issues I work with include:
- Anxiety & Stress 100% 100%
- Relationship Issues 100% 100%
- Complex Family Issues 100% 100%
- Bullying at Work or School 100% 100%
- Difficult Transitions & Change 100% 100%
- Stress around Exams 100% 100%
- Bereavement & Loss 100% 100%
- Depression & Low Mood 100% 100%
- Disordered Eating 100% 100%
- Low Self-esteem 100% 100%
- Trauma & Abuse 100% 100%
- Sexual Violence 100% 100%
- Anger Management 100% 100%
- Health Issues 100% 100%
- Panic Attacks 100% 100%
- Self-harm 100% 100%
- Addictions 100% 100%
- OCD 100% 100%
Additionally, I have a wide experience of working with individuals with learning disabilities.
Person-centred counselling and psychotherapy
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