A counselling approach built around your uniqueness

I provide an integrative approach backed by evidence of what works

Therapy research is showing that there is no 'one size fits all' in therapy, and the 
benefits to clients when therapists are able to draw on a range of therapeutic approaches. This evidence, as well as more than 25 years experience, is what informs the way I work.

I recognise that every client is unique, and aim to create a way of working with you that is equally unique and effective for you. I've learned to ask not "does this type of therapy work?" but "is this approach working for you right now?"

The model of therapy I use is known as integrative and brings together a range of approaches in a coherent framework. The approaches that I commonly draw on include person-centred, transactional analysis, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness based approaches.

If these labels don't mean much to you, you can find further detail on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) website here

Read more about the options and how they work:

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My guiding principles

Some the key principles which guide the way I work:

We’re in this together. I don’t know you yet or where you’re trying to get to but I’ll do all I can to be alongside you on the journey. I don’t pretend to know all the answers - sometimes it starts with asking the right questions.

There’s hope. Most people who complete therapy do significantly improve. I believe in what I do and if we share that belief the chances are that you’ll be one of them.
We're active partners in the process. Successful therapy is built on partnership. If being an active partner right now is hard that’s OK. You've got here and that’s a great beginning - we’ll take it step by step from there.
We monitor progress and how we’re working together. We won’t leave things to chance, and I'll ask that we use a couple of simple measures that monitor session by session how we’re working together and how you’re progressing. If you're not then we’ll try and work out a different approach.
For as long as you need, and no longer. Much of the significant change in therapy occurs in the first few sessions. Sometimes it takes longer, but longerdoesn’t always mean better. The value of monitoring outcomes (I use a standard measure called CORE) is that we’ll both know what’s happening. 
I’ll be there for a long as you need and you are getting benefit from our work.
You’ll find some of the research evidence which underpins my approach in the section What works in therapy >