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Finding your true self

Please yourself, not others

When born, we are our true self,  who we really are inside.  Then, as we grow, we want to be loved and accepted. so we 'adapt' to fit in, and in doing so, we hide who we really are.

Counselling can help you to reveal your hidden layer and to trust in your own values and be the person you want to be.

There are different sorts of therapies and what might be the right approach for one person, may not be the right approach for another

I am an integrative counsellor which means that I will draw on more than one modality and blend different theories and interventions that best suit your needs. Listed below are the therapies I use with a brief description to help you to understand a little more about them.

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PERSON CENTRED

Based on the view that everyone, given the right conditions, has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change.  Carl Rogers (1902-1987) said 'The curious paradox is when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.'

PSYCHOSYNTHESIS

Sometimes described as 'psychology of the soul', psychosynthesis brings together your emotional, mental and spiritual parts to encourage personal development.  Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) wrote 'There is no certainty - there is only adventure.'

GESTALT

Derived from the German for 'whole' or 'pattern'.  Gestalt looks at a person as a whole rather than parts.  Focussing on the here and now helps to better understand how you relate to others and situations and helps to find a new perspective on problems.  As Fritz Perls (1893-1970) said 'Out of your head, into the NOW'.

PSYCHODYNAMIC

Our behaviour and feelings as adults are shaped by our childhood experiences. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) said 'Out of your vulnerabilities will come strength'.

SOLUTION FOCUSED

Promoting positive change rather than dwelling on past problems.  Focus is drawn on what you do well, set goals and work out how to achieve them.