My Multi Disciplinary Approach

My initial training gave me a good foundation. My subsequent experience as a clinician told me that no single approach, no matter how effective it can be, is the answer to everything and everybody.

That’s why, over the years, I’ve been studying and practicing a variety of different methods. This gives me the possibility of being flexible and creative and thus having a better chance of giving you something more suited to your own needs. These are some of the approaches I currently use.


General and Solution Focused Counselling

Counselling is a safe and confidential place where you can express all your feelings and thoughts without being judged.  The first step is to work together to recognise what is really happening on and under the surface. My aim is to empower and equip you to understand your inner experience and behaviour better and make the changes that you need doing to achieve a better balance in life.

Counselling is usually short term (1-8 sessions) and in my experience sometimes just a few relatively simple explanations and tools can make a huge difference in how you feel and act. Read More...

Psychodynamic

Psychodynamic therapy is rooted in Freud’s psychoanalysis, and was further developed by Jung, Adler, Klein and Ericson, amongst others. The aim is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. In order to ensure these memories and experiences do not  surface, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections. Read More...

CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and painful feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.

CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking therapies, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

We work together in noticing whether any thoughts or behaviours are unhelpful, and thinking about whether these could be changed. There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression, anxiety and other issues. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Read More...

Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy is an integrative therapeutic approach developed by Jeffery Young that is primarily aimed at treating those who have entrenched interpersonal and self-identity difficulties associated with a diagnosis of personality disorder. ST combines aspects of cognitive, behavioural, psychodynamic, attachment and gestalt models.

I was first introduced to this during my CBT training and then I read Reinventing Your Life by Young and Klosko and Schema Therapy: a Practitioner’s Guide by Young, Klosko and Weishaar.

In 2013 I attended Schema Focused Therapy and the use of CBT in the treatment of Complex Trauma a course run by Helen Kennerly.

I am not an expert on this approach but I use sometimes some of its tools to help people address some entrenched core beliefs or schema.

Chairwork

Chairwork is a psychotherapeutic technique that typically involves the use of two chairs that face one another. The client sits on or stands behind one chair and has a dialogue with an imagined other person or another part of themselves sitting in the opposite chair. Often the client moves back and forth between the two chairs and speaks from different aspects of themselves or other people. It has its origins in Jacob Moreno’s drama therapy and Fritz Pearls gestalt therapy using where role playing is used.

 I was first introduced to this during my formal CBT training. In 2016 I attended a workshop on Transformational Chairwork by Scott Kellogg which encouraged me to start using it in my work .

As client I also tried this approach with a therapist and it helped me.

I have helped some clients with this technique and they found it effective.

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment without judgement. Many of the difficulties we face, like anxiety, depression, anger and lack of confidence can be helped with the practice of Mindfulness. It can bring a sense of balance and tranquillity in our lives and increase our well-being significantly.

I’ve known about Mindfulness for many years, but it was during a conversation with my clinical supervisor in 2009 that I became more formally involved. I read Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn and this led me to start practising regularly on my own the Sitting Meditation, the Body Scan, and Mindful Yoga, with the guidance of tapes. Read More...

CFT – COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY 

One of the things I have learned from my work and life, in general, is that most of us are troubled by self hate and struggle with loving ourselves. This is indeed the most common problem of people who seek my help and the source of all other issues.

CFT, aka Mindful Compassion or Self Compassion, helps us develop a kinder and more compassionate approach to ourselves. It helps us be more aware of how often the inner critic voice takes over our mind. It helps us understand how this adds to our common problems, making it more difficult to deal with them. It aims to create a sense of safety in the troubled world of our fears. This is done through exercises that nurture soothing and self reassuring and help us in our daily struggle to love ourselves. Read More...

COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION (Inspired on NVC)

Is the art of being aware of and express our feelings and needs as well as being able to request what we would like to change, whilst at the same time respecting the other person and being aware of their feelings, needs and wants.

I first came in contact with NVC in 2002 as I was training to become a facilitator of parenting groups with Parentline Plus. Their parenting programmes were inspired on this method of communication started by Marshall Rosenberg. Subsequently I attended  a Non-Violent Communication Foundation Course run by Bridget Belgrave. Read More...

RELATIONSHIPS

At my age I have amassed a significant experience in relationships in all kinds of settings (personal, family, work, groups, organisations). I’ve been in many situations when things went terribly wrong and also in others where things worked well.

I have a particular interest in how we relate to each other because I think that a great deal of our wellbeing depends on healthy relationships.

I provide support to couples of any orientation, families, or any groups of people that are finding difficulties in relating to each other.

My first experience of relationship therapy was in the 80s in my first marriage. We went to Relate for couple counselling and then for sex therapy. A few years later, when the marriage had broken down and I was starting a new relationship at the same time that I was experiencing significant relationship problems at work, I started personal therapy where interpersonal issues were explored in great detail. I learned about anger management, understanding my needs, assertiveness and many other things. All this was very useful. Read More...