What is counselling about? The Person Centred approach
Psychotherapy is a process which can help you explore various issues. The aim is to allow you the space to share any difficulties, dissatisfaction, hopes, aspirations, fears and any confusing thoughts you may have. These issues may have troubled you for many years and keep resurfacing, or they can be issues which have just come about and you would like to explore them with someone.
The Person Centered Approach to therapy is mainly about the quality of the relationship between the client and the therapist. This means it's important to develop a mutually respectful relationship, which enables you to feel safe and accepted, so that you can explore your concerns.
Further, person Centered Therapy aims to provide a genuine relationship that is empathic and non-judgmental. It works to understand our experiences free from judgement or interpretation. This in turn can help us to reconnect with our core being to bring greater awareness to ourselves and a freedom of spirit. My belief is that being in the presence of another being able to share what is troubling you without feeling judged, analysed or told what to do can be healing in itself.
It takes many years to train in the classical person centred approach and it is a rigorous discipline. I have also trained in expressive arts underpinned by the person centred approach and in focusing on the felt quality of an issue.
“Focusing is a mind and body practice of welcoming friendly attitude towards ones felt sense of an issue, situation or experience. Listening to your felt sense opens the doorway to the body’s wisdom – bringing next steps towards growth and healing. Instead of jumping to conclusions or falling into habitual ways of thinking about something, Focusing offers a fresh look into how your whole being is experiencing something – mind, body and spirit – in the present moment. While the mind or intellect tends to think it knows all the answers, Focusing accesses an integrated, embodied knowing through the felt sense.
Taking time to listen to the felt sense brings something new or not yet known, unfolding steps in a life forward direction towards resolution, resulting in a felt shift or actual change”. (Focusing Centred Art-Therapy, Laury Rappaport)
What is Expressive Arts?
Expressive arts material can also be used in the therapy session which can be a very enjoyable and powerful way of connecting with one's inner need of expression. The use of imagery, drawing, writing and role play are all ways of bringing to the fore deeply buried aspects of oneself which can be very powerful when used while focusing on the felt sense. The quality of a bodily feeling one cannot quite make sense of just yet.
This way of working is a very powerful but gentle enquiry into the unknown elements of our selves and can often go straight to the heart of any difficulties one may be experiencing.
This approach is also a creative way of working with young people.
Additionally through my way of working, many clients often find their own inner resources/tools which can be put into practice from the first session. As I deeply believe that therapy is an equal two way process and it is all about empowering the client so that she/he becomes more aware of what works and does not work for them in life. Therefore, you will not only learn more about yourself, you will also learn some valuable tools to use on a daily basis
If you think I may be able to help you or somebody you care for, do give me a call on 07565215564 or contact me by email. I'm happy to discuss whether counselling is suitable, or make an appointment for a first session if you wish. There are more details on my Contact page.