My training has been based on an ' integrative approach' which was five years in duration and has included many years of my own personal psychotherapy. The integrative approach that I have trained in allows me to draw from a wide range of different perspectives to inform my practice and blend them based on core principles. These are the belief that relationships are what motivate us as human beings and are what give us meaning in our lives. I therefore place a great importance on the therapy relationship as a key facilitator of change and healing. I also believe in the importance of our early history and how our early relationships with caregivers have shaped us and who we are in the present. The theoretical content from my training holds within it, contributions from person centred therapy, object relations theory, attachment theory, self psychology and transactional analysis. These different approaches offer us some insight into the factors that have shaped our development and what is needed to promote growth and change.
Continued Professional Development
I am committed to ongoing training and professional development and attend seminars, workshops and additional trainings , which help me to broaden my knowledge and skills enabling me to work with a wider range of clients' difficulties. Some of the recent trainings I have been on include: compassion focussed therapy; an introduction to sandplay therapy for children and adults; CBT with a heart; Integrative psychotherapy three day conference with Richard Erskine; Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survicors Trauma and abuse training.
Other Relevant Experience
As well as being a self employed therapist, I have experience working with children and young people aged between 16-19 as a Student Counsellor. I am experienced working with the variety of issues that young people face. I have delivered workshops and training to staff and externally on a variety of topics i.e. Self harm and Young People; Struggling with Eating difficulties, Engaging with therapy, to help support other staff in their role.