A counsellor’s therapeutic approach is important. Some problems respond to hypnotherapy, some to Person-Centred Counselling. Others might require a longer term, Psychodynamic approach. I am an Integrative counsellor. This means that I am trained in all these disciplines and will use whatever approach I feel will best suit the client.

Integrative counselling can use one or more of the following approaches:

The first counselling session is an exploratory one and will help to determine what approach best suits your needs. We can discuss the difficulties that you need help with and determine which therapeutic course of action needs to be taken. This could be a simple and straightforward approach, or include a range of integrated therapeutic methods if the problems are more complex.

I would, as part of this session, explain what, in my experience, would be the best course of action to take to help you to reach a satisfactory solution. The approaches that I use are listed on the left and by clicking on each, you can find out a little more detail about the different therapeutic methods that I use.

Of course the therapuetic relationship is vitally important to a successful outcome. At this first session you can determine whether you feel comfortable talking to me (particularly when the issues are of a very sensitive or personal nature) and whether the rapport between us is working for you.

A person-centred approach ensures that the client is at the heart of his or her therapy. It is the client – and his or her issues – that determines where the sessions should lead.

Person-centred counselling places great importance on the relationship between client and counsellor. It is particularly effective in establishing empathy and trust. The counsellor must empathise with the client, and the client must trust the counsellor, before the client’s issues can be tackled.

For these reasons, person-centred therapy is helpful to clients who have never tried counselling before, so perhaps feel anxious about the counselling process.

An important part of this therapy is that it provides the client with a safe space in which to explore him or herself. In this way, anxiety decreases and confidence grows.

This concept of self exploration is central to person-centred therapy.

Person-centred counselling is ideal for helping to cope with:

  • Anger management
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Social anxiety
  • Shyness
  • Self esteem

Hypnotherapy can be highly effective in helping with all these issues. It has the added advantage of working quickly. Between two and six sessions will normally be enough to beat the problem.

I work holistically with clients, addressing the person and their problems. This means, we will be looking at some issues underlying overeating or smoking (for example) before using hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy works using a state of relaxation, known as a trance. It is a gentle process, involving complete co-operation between therapist and client. Once relaxed, the client’s subconscious is presented with positive ideas. Negative beliefs – even those held for many years – can then be dispelled.

In some cases, clients will be given reminders and reinforcements to work on, between the sessions. Because it employs relaxation and positivity, it is striking how enjoyable most people find hypnotherapy to be.

Hypnotherapy is an ideal approach for:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Eating disorders
  • Exam nerves
  • Driving test nerves
  • Phobias
  • Public speaking anxiety
  • Self esteem issues

Psychodynamic counselling is appropriate for severe or longer term problems which often respond well to this form of therapy. A client who has been depressed for some years, might begin to leave depression behind after six months of therapy, for example.

Psychodynamic therapy involves the client and therapist investigating the subconscious, to uncover the root causes of the client’s issues.

It may feel as if you have had a particular problem forever. It may feel as if this problem has become part of your personality. It may even feel as if you are this problem. Psychodynamic therapy can help you to discover that the solution to your problems lies within you.

I work intensively with clients with the above issues. Psychodynamic therapy typically lasts between three and twelve months.

Psychodynamic counselling is appropriate for dealing with:

  • Long-term Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Trauma
  • Sexual Problems