The therapeutic philosophy that informs my approach is called Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). This acronym stands for A: Accept your thoughts and feelings, and be present, C: Choose a valued direction and, T: Take action. While ACT incorporates many aspects of mindfulness training and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy it focuses less on trying to eliminate symptoms, and/or change the content of thoughts, and more on how we can move forward in positive ways regardless of what we may be experiencing inside. I have found this to be a much more sustainable and practical approach, especially when dealing with anxiety. As a lot of solid research now shows, the very human habit of attempting to rid ourselves of distressing thoughts and feelings just doesn’t work and “experiential avoidance” ultimately leads to greater levels of anxiety and lower levels of life satisfaction. I am dedicated to helping you develop a more workable relationship with yourself, one which supports your ability to build a life of joy and personal meaning. Sessions are fluid yet focussed; a supportive space where I listen deeply and participate wholeheartedly.
Other approaches that I draw from are dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and somatic (Sensorimotor) therapy. All of these approaches focus on changing how you relate to your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations in order to help you move forward in your life even in times of internal and external stress.
You will learn how to cope more effectively, clarify personal priorities and gain the insight and motivation to live according to your values, both in the present moment and in your preferred future. Sessions are 60 minutes long and involve you sharing whatever is in your heart and mind within the safe and supportive structure of a genuine therapeutic relationship. I work collaboratively with you, tailoring my interventions to the nature of your concerns and responding to your needs in the present moment.
While empathic listening is an important ingredient of what works in counselling, I also engage actively in sessions, providing you with alternative ways of seeing and doing things. The perspective and guidance of a caring professional can be a very powerful catalyst strengthening your ability to heal yourself.