Below I have set out a very brief overview of some of the approaches I use. You don’t have to understand how counselling works for it to be beneficial; however, some people find it useful to know more about how I work.

If you would like more information, you can click on the links or contact me.

Transactional Analysis (Eric Berne)

The principles of TA are based upon the development of autonomy – which means being ‘free’ to respond to the present, despite the unpredictability, anxiety and pull of our ‘old’ beliefs and set ways of doing things. The key ideas are intimacy, spontaneity and awareness.

Intimacy and the ability to relate healthily in relationships, is central to the process of counselling, and in time will enable you to sustain more rich and meaningful relationships in your life.

The goal in TA is to live fully in the moment, risking intimacy, learning from mistakes and fulfilling your potential.

Over time, you will let go of old pain, grieve your losses and leave the baggage of the past behind!

For more information go to www.ita.org.uk/

Brief Solution Focused Therapy

Brief Solution Focused Therapy focuses on finding positive solutions rather than looking to the cause of problems. It is goal based and involves helping you to discover your potential and preferred future.

I will help you to identify what does and doesn’t work in your life and what hidden resources may be at your disposal. You will discover your strengths and form a firm vision of your future.

Brief Solution Focused Therapy develops feelings of being valued and involved. It is empowering and validating and invites equality and collaboration.

As it’s name suggests, this form of therapy rarely extends beyond six sessions and can often be shorter. The time lapse between sessions can vary and is flexible.

Motivational Interviewing (Miller and Rollnick) and the Stages Of Change (Prochaska and DiClemente )

Motivational Interviewing is a planned approach to motivating you to recognise and do something about your current or potential problems. It is not an interview as the name suggests.

It involves working with your motivation, or lack of it, and creates awareness of possibilities for change. MI is a popular approach, and particularly useful in the treatment of addiction.

Ultimately, you will decide when you have reached a point of no return. It is my job to encourage, challenge, reflect, inform and help you to stay motivated along the way as you progress through the Cycle Of Change.

Change is possible for everyone !

The Cycle of Change is how we visualise decisions leading to actions resulting in lasting change.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a framework for examining unwanted thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs and the behaviours that accompany them.

Using the CBT approach, clients are helped to manage and replace their negative or unhelpful thoughts, beliefs or behaviours with more realistic and positive ones.

The CBT way of working is collaborative and requires active participation both in the session and as homework assignments.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Based on the ancient principles of acupuncture, EFT is a simple tapping procedure that gently realigns the body’s energy system, without the discomfort of needles. EFT uses tapping points that are the same as those used by acupuncturists.

Unlike other energy healing methods, EFT incorporates an emotional element to the healing process, addresses unresolved emotional issues, and can improve mental health, personal performance, negative blocks and often succeeds in relieving or improving health issues.
You do not have to believe in it or understand how it works to feel the benefits.

It would be wrong to promote EFT as a cure-all for everyone and everything.
However, these painless, drug free and amazingly simple techniques often work where nothing else will. Success rates are generally impressive and negative thoughts, feelings, and experiences can sometimes dissipate within the first session.  Clients can feel immediate relief or be surprised by a complete shift in their thinking and feeling.

EFT is not like traditional ‘talking therapies’. You do not need to relive traumatic or painful experience in order to heal them.  EFT aims to be as pain free as is possible and doesn’t require long term commitment. You will also learn some simple techniques that you can apply yourself.

For further information visit www.emofree.com. You will find many case histories and testimonials.  You may be amazed to discover someone just like you and a whole world of possibilities too!

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“Sooner or later we must realise there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip”
Robert J. Hastings

Motivation for change occurs when people perceive a discrepancy between where they are and where they want to be’’
Miller, Zweben, DiClemente & Rychtarik, 1992