In addition to this gentle, supportive approach, I am trained to add in other counselling tools if they are useful for you.
Depending on what issues you want to work on, we might delve into some CBT techniques (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). This can help us to notice how our thought processes can influence how we feel and behave. Together we might identify unhelpful thought and behaviour patterns and then work on ways to make them more helpful.
You might be looking for tools to manage anxiety. We could look at mindfulness techniques, calming breathing or journalling to help keep you grounded.
Sometimes I will add in a bit of an explanation about the science behind how our minds and bodies are programmed to work. It can be reassuring to unravel the reasons behind why you are experiencing things in the way that you are.
Some clients like to get creative, so let me know if you’d like to work this way. We might work with imagery, letter writing, poetry, sand play or objects to explore relationship dynamics and to get a deeper understanding of yourself. Being creative can activate a different part of the brain, to help you to process your emotions.
Using this ‘Integrative Counselling’ approach, I can be flexible and tailor the kind of Counselling to best suit your needs.