I’m an integrative counsellor and offer online or telephone counselling as well as in person at The Ashcroft therapy Centre in Deddington, North Oxfordshire. The details for my times /location are found on the Contact page.
Integrative means I incorporate different therapeutic models as a basis for my work:
This is at the heart of my practice and means that our sessions are focused on you and how events are impacting you. We may look at how you're currently experiencing life compared with how you would like to be and encouraging a stronger sense of self and greater self-worth is a key therapeutic aim.
Gestalt is an experiential therapy which recognises that most of human communication is non-verbal. Therefore, sensations you experience in the counselling room such as feeling a lump in the throat or fidgeting etc are relevant. Through noticing how the things we talk about are affecting us physically in the ‘here and now’ we become more self-aware which in turn is recognised as helping us to respond more fully to situations rather than in a partial way.
During our sessions techniques to access feelings may be used such as letter writing or working with different creative props as it is often through ‘play’ that a freer, more authentic narrative can come to light.
Transactional Analysis (TA for short) recognises we experience difficulties in life depending on our way of relating with the people around us. TA therefore encourages an awareness of the way we handle relationships and how we communicate with others. We may look at things such as scripts or racket feelings, often passed down from our parents/teachers, to gain insight into helpful or unhelpful patterns of relating.
Importantly, with all approaches I focus on your goals of counselling, so that we can work in partnership and keep them as the focus of our sessions.
Counselling is about working through layers of feelings, it's therefore important you find a therapist you feel comfortable talking to and who offer the type of therapy you need. I offer a free, confidential session over the phone to help you make that decision, please see my contact page for details.
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