Her work is underpinned by a Humanistic/person-centred philosophy drawing on other models as required, such as psychodynamic and CBT. She believes in creating conditions of warmth, respect and empathy to enable a good therapeutic relationship.
When clients address difficult and sensitive issues confidentially without fear of judgement, it can be reassuring and empowering. Being really heard perhaps for the first time, can help individuals to make sense of conflicted, confusing and perhaps frightening emotions. Talking to a therapist can help one to feel less alone. By working through a process with the therapist, individuals can start to regain clarity, develop new perspectives and acquire new coping strategies. This can positively influence mood, assist better decision-making and promote positive meaningful change.
The therapeutic process when working with couples, whether heterosexual or same-sex couples, has many similarities with individual counselling but with a different focus. The aim is to help the couple to achieve a balance of needs and understanding that works for both. There are times of emotional upheaval and change within relationships that can be seriously challenging and difficult to manage. On average, couples delay seeking support for at least 6 years since the time they first considered outside help. Such is the unease and intense discomfort that still surrounds this issue. Talking through the difficulties at an earlier stage can support the couple to make meaningful changes to improve communication. This can help with resolving conflicts and generally encourage the health and stability of the relationship. When remedial counselling is not appropriate, separation counselling can help a couple to part on more amicable terms. Being able to reduce and minimise acrimony can help individuals to move on positively. This is especially important where there are children and the couple may need help to establish a different kind of relationship whose focus is parenting responsibilities.