“With a combined training in person-centred and problem-solving therapy, I’m an empathetic and practical counsellor who fully listens and accepts you for who you are, drawing upon helpful tools and techniques when you need them.”
What is Person Centred Counselling?
Person Centred Counselling, pioneered by Carl Rogers, is rooted in the belief that everyone has the inner resources to have a fulfilling and satisfying life and way of being. It is based on a trust in the inner resources of the client to find their own answers and direction. Through the counsellor’s empathy and unconditional acceptance for the client the idea is that they will find greater self-awareness, empowering them to make their own choices and take control of their lives. It is the client who knows what hurts and has the capacity within the safety of a therapeutic relationship to begin a healing process.
Empathy, unconditional positive regard and a genuine desire to understand the client are the central characteristics of Person Centred Therapy (PCT) and form the core part of my counselling approach.
What is the Problem Solving Approach?
This counselling approach founded by Gerard Egan, helps people solve problems and develop opportunities for a better future by using a flexible, easy and practical three stage model. The model addresses three main questions. 1)what’s going on? 2) what do I want instead? 3) how might I get what I want? The emphasis is on empowering the person, with their own agenda at the centre of the process, moving them towards choices and actions for meaningful and realistic solutions.
I have found that this counsellilng approach works hand in hand with person centred therapy and works particularly well with people who are feeling stuck or have lost meaning and purpose in their lives.
Blending person-centred counselling with a problem solving approach, enables me to offer clients the deep listening and acceptance they need coupled with a combination of practical tools and techniques including drawing, guided imagery, photo therapy, chair work, breathing and body awareness. I can also use these counselling approaches separately or together, whatever is in the best interests of the person’s well being, sense of self, growth and progress.
Much of my work is rooted in Attachment Theory which is based on how as a baby, infant and child the client’s emotional needs were met or not, in turn determining their attachment style and how they behave in their adult relationships. Understanding how you communicate your needs, respond to conflict, intimacy, express yourself and view the emotional and physical connections within your relationships can help self-awareness and understanding of the struggles you face and ultimately what needs to change.
I may also touch on how how you are sensing and experiencing the feelings and thoughts in your body. Although not formally trained in this, I believe that mind and body are interconnected and that it’s important to acknowledge these sensations so we can work with the whole self.
The other types of tools I may invite you to try outside of the counselling room include; information and self assessment sheets, journal writing, self talk, brainstorming, helpful reading references and video links.