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Individual therapy

What to expect

Individual therapy is a process that focuses on enhancing your psychological well-being. 

 

The first therapy session or intake meeting focuses on understanding your concerns and clarifying your goals and expectations. The therapeutic process is collaborative throughout.

Do you want to learn more about the patterns in your personal relationships? Do you have trouble with co-workers or have trouble finding and keeping a job? Are you often distressed about something that has happened in the past and do you worry about what may happen in the future? Do you feel anxious, have sad feelings, or have problems managing anger or tears? Do you wonder if your behaviours are out of control or addictive? Do you feel the need for support but do not have helpful support available to you? If you recognise yourself in these circumstances, therapy can help you.

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"Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be your best. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimise or avoid the pain of blame, judgement, and shame."  - Brene Brown

Therapy approaches

 

My counselling approach is a combination of client-centred and psychodynamic approaches. I am also trained in the following methods:

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a form of therapy that focuses on adult relationships and attachment/bonding.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) works by changing people's attitudes and their behaviour by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that are held (a person's cognitive processes) and how these processes relate to the way a person behaves, as a way of dealing with emotional problems.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.