I believe that therapy is as individual and unique as the client attending. Therapy can only be meaningful and transformative if it fits into the context of one's own self-identity, values and beliefs.
To this end I offer an integrative approach that draws from the three modalities in which I am qualified: person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapies. By utilising discreet aspects of each we work together to identify patterns and how our life experiences and relationships growing up contributed to their development. We consider how useful these patterns are in your present day life and which aspects might be helpful to change and adapt. Using the core beliefs of person-centred therapy we identify goals that will contribute to developing a healthier view of yourself, changing relationship patterns and behaviours, and living an authentic and fulfilling life. This might be done through developing self awareness, setting short and long term goals, and practicing skills.
It is important that you always feel in control of your process and that it is meaningful and beneficial to you. This includes consideration and respect for your culture, religion and self-identity.
An essential element of this will be the relationship you are able to build with your therapist. My therapeutic approach is collaborative and aims to empower you with the self-awareness, knowledge and skills to make the decisions and changes that are important and useful to you.
Psychodynamic therapy involves the interpretation of mental and emotional processes rather than focusing on behaviour. Psychodynamic therapists attempt to help clients find patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into their current self. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client's self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour.
Person-centred therapy is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously. Person-centred therapy uses a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions.
CBT is a way of focusing on the cognitive processes that produce feelings. The approach helps by changing people’s behaviour and attitudes with a deeper understanding of thoughts, images, beliefs, and attitudes. It utilises skills learning, techniques and homework to develop a 'toolbox' of useful and adaptable skills that can assist in developing more supportive and fulfilling coping techniques.
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their ethical framework.
This includes working in a manner that is committed to the client allowing them a trusted and confidential space in which to participate in therapy; committed to ethical values including working in a qualified and supervised manner; and committed to good practice including continuing professional development and training.
Well In Mind therapy has both professional and public liability insurance through Hiscox UK.
Proof of insurance available on request and displayed on premises.