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The Humanistic Approach

The humanistic approach shares a close relationship with existential, phenomenological and eastern philosophy. The word ‘humanistic’ serves as an umbrella term for many types of therapy that share the same values, beliefs and principles.

However, technique, interventions and skills of each type of therapy offered under the humanistic umbrella may differ. It is the relationship that is the predominant, underlying, healing factor.

The humanistic approach in psychotherapy has at its base a set of core beliefs and values about the nature of people. We believe every individual is unique and worthy of respect, this conveys itself in the therapist having a non- judgmental attitude.

People have an ‘innate’ tendency towards growth, change and realising their potential. All aspects of the human experience have the potential to be a resource.

Empathy is significant too, as we wish to increase our understanding of the clients inner world and do our best to understand and walk alongside a clients personal meanings and life experiences, validating them.

You are the best expert on yourself, although you may need support in finding the best way forward. We help to create an environment which enables you to increase this personal power, through increased self understanding, personal insight and awareness.

We believe in an individual's potential and it is an intention to create an empowering and supportive environment, that respects individuality, authenticity, uniqueness and autonomy. One that is inclusive of all experiences and one that celebrates difference and diversity.

Working Integratively

Integrative means I utilise a number of different approaches in my practice, considering the ‘whole’ person. I see that there are connections between all counselling and psychotherapy approaches. As individuals we are the ‘sum’ of many parts. Therefore an aim is to better integrate those parts into a more connected, better understood whole. Integrative is about finding the best way to work with you and your needs and experiences. No one way fits all!

Working Creatively

Whilst Counselling and Psychotherapy are considered 'talking therapies'. Words sometimes fail to express and encapsulate our experiences. Counselling and Psychotherapy offer a plethora of ways in which to express, explore and discover our subjective and individual world.

Working creatively can further aid us in our ability to make sense of ourselves in our attempt at increasing self awareness and understanding. Working creatively may at times create a necessary distance, helping individuals objectify what has happened or happening, providing a valuable resource in therapeutic work. Helping explore narratives, personal meanings, develop insights, new ways of being, telling your story through the use of pictures, written words and objects can be extremely beneficial.

Qualifications and Training

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (Professional Masters Programme) - BathSpa University (2017)

  • Professional Diploma of Higher Education in Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester (2012)

  • Health Studies - University of Brighton (2011)

  • Sociology and Social Psychology - University of Sussex (2004)

  • Group Facilitation - Depression Alliance

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory NCFE - Varndean College (2008)

  • Intermediate Counselling Skills - CPCAB - Varndean College (2006)

  • Initial Counselling Skills - CPCAB - Varndean College (2005)

  • Access Society and Gender - Brighton and Hove City College

  • Psychology Theory and Intuition
  •  Approach, Qualifications and Training . SKY

    Additional Training and CPD

  • Working With Relational Trauma: Dealing With Disorganised Attachment

  • Stress

  • The Clinical Application of Compassion

  • Integrative approaches to Narratives and Core beliefs of ‘Never Good Enough’

  • Self Harm

  • BPD

  • Sexual Health Awareness

  • Domestic Abuse (RISE)

  • Creative Therapies

  • Dementia Awareness

  • Autism Awareness

  • BSFT brief solution focused therapy

  • Trans* Awareness

  • Working with Trauma

  • Integrative Relational Perspectives in Psychotherapy

  • Intuition and the therapeutic relationship.

  • Working with survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • 'Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you' - Sartre

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