My original training was in pluralistic counselling, and I see therapy as a collaborative venture, with us both bring experience and expertise. Pluralism embraces a ‘both/and’ philosophy, the idea that there is more than one way to look at things and more than one way to solve a problem. This means we will draw on a range of approaches.
Being pluralistic also means I put your needs and preferences at the centre of all that we do. This mean the first counselling session/s will generally be exploring and and coming to a shared understanding of where you are now, how you got there, and where you want to be. Then jointly considering ways to that you might move forward, drawing from methods and approaches to suit your needs and preferences.
I think it’s particularly important to get an understanding of what’s happening for you, and forming creating collaborative theories of how you got there as well as coming up with joint solutions. Without an understanding of what’s happening I often find people think they are “going mad”, which can be a lonely and isolating experience.
We might identify goals you want to aim for and tasks that will help you reach those goals. There might be activities or techniques that you have heard about and would like to try, and I will offer suggestions for you to consider. I will explain anything that is new or unfamiliar, so that you are always in a position to choose. We will also identify your strengths and resources and see what else might help as you work to meet your goals. I always think it’s helpful to review progress regularly in an open, honest and productive partnership.
I have experience across a range of issues, and I specialise in working with overcoming traumatic events, anxiety and adverse life experiences. If you have any questions about whether I can help please feel free to get in touch.