Counselling emphasis and approach
My emphasis is on how best to help you move in your desired direction, rather than analyzing why your life might not be going well. You will not be diagnosed or given unwanted advice, whether your therapy involves relationship guidance, addiction, grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress or whatever your circumstances. The ethical imperative I subscribe to is one of increasing options and utilizing self-responsibility.
I believe that you can determine your own needs and expand your repertoire of choices and behaviours, in ways that feel better, achieve goals, grow, heal and improve your relationships and life in general. I am committed to creating a safe and therapeutic counselling relationship. Research shows the quality of the relationship directly affects the outcome of personal therapy services, therefore it is important you feel we can get along.
My approach involves working together to find particular ways in which you can change your relationship with whatever problem or dilemma you are facing. I am especially interested in incorporating the unique personal skills, perspectives and knowledge you have cultivated during the course of your life in your own context and in your own way. Often during counselling people discover a wisdom they were not aware they had, and I believe it is my job to draw that out with you.
You may be invited to try mindfulness as a way to study yourself. This involves being assisted to process gently, with curiosity and compassion, while observing what happens moment by moment. Clients have enjoyed significant changes in how they experience themselves after counselling services and guidance in focused mindfulness.