I believe that in order to make lasting changes it’s often important to encompass both the bigger picture – clarifying the tangle of values and beliefs that can influence our behaviour and choices even while we’re not aware of them – and the more concrete work of making decisions, setting realistic goals, dealing with setbacks.
I therefore work with both in-depth exploration AND a practical focus to support you in moving towards:
living life more fully
becoming the person you want to be
tapping into your inner wisdom
My approach draws on counselling, coaching and philosophy. The precise mix will depend entirely on the person and issue, but generally I see the process as firmly non-medical, as a conversation in which both participants are committed to exploring things with curiosity. For my part, I will do what I can to help you to understand yourself better and take appropriate steps forward.
These are the models that have influenced me the most:
Existential psychotherapy and philosophical counselling tend to focus on exploring and clarifying how the values, assumptions and conceptions of the good life that implicitly or explicitly make up our worldview find their expression in how we live.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and life coaching, on the other hand, tend to concentrate on formulating goals and breaking them down into concrete steps that we can gradually move towards.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a ground-breaking approach that uses mindfulness skills to manage our inner experience so we are better able to move in a valued direction however we may happen to be feeling.