“We are all work in progress”: I advocate the use of psychotherapy as an ‘ordinary’ investment in ourselves and our emotional wellbeing and believe that the American philosophy of people embracing therapist sessions as part of everyday life would be beneficial to us in the UK as it would challenge the prevailing British approach of maintaining a ‘stiff upper lip’. I am keen to encourage a new generation of counselling where people all take regular time out to learn more about themselves.
I practice Relational psychotherapy and adapt my approach to suit each individual, ensuring that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of everything. I believe that when two individuals, e.g. a therapist and client, are working towards a common goal and are both implicitly available in the therapeutic process then they can work together towards a course of action. Clients gain a huge sense of relief from sharing what they have previously been trying to deal with on their own and together we can explore the past and present.
I follow the Transactional Analysis philosophy which works on the basis that:
• People are born OK
• People having emotional, relational or other difficulties are nonetheless full, intelligent human beings
• We are responsible for our own experience
• Human behaviour is predictable
• All emotional problems are curable given adequate knowledge and the proper approach
• Change is possible
• People know what they need