I work with individuals, couples and groups of all ages who bring a broad range of issues by using gentle yet powerful techniques that help clients discover healthy strategies for coping. I see counselling and therapeutic work as a collaborative process in which the client brings her or his experiences in both a conscious and an unconscious way and I bring my awareness, my experience and my respectful curiosity.
I use a broadly humanistic, integrative approach developed principally from three sources, Gestalt and Body Process Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Gestalt Therapy is an experiential therapy and centres on the individual’s experience in the here and now, the relationship between the therapist and client, the circumstances in which these things take place, and the adjustments people make as a result of the situation. Gestalt Therapy is holistic and emphasizes personal responsibility.
Body Process Psychotherapy is based on the work of Reich, Pierrakos, Dychwald and Lowen among others. It works on the principle that our experiences are captured in the character of our bodies as we go through our lives. In becoming aware of these character structures a person can begin to release trapped energies and harness those energies for use in more productive ways such as creativity and self development.
CBT is a structured approach which aims to get to the bottom of problems relating to dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and thoughts. This is achieved through the exploration of negative thoughts with a client followed by more goal-oriented sessions in which clients are taught techniques which they can then apply to everyday life. I use CBT in combination with Gestalt and Body Process therapies and additionally offer it as a stand alone shorter term therapy.
Call me on 01803 554 982 or 07794 899 028, both lines are private office lines (not personal or home lines) and messages can be left 24/7, you are also welcome to contact me by text message on the mobile number or use the contact form. If I am not available straight away I will of course endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
I live and work in and around South Devon.