Approach to therapy

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in. 

Leonard Cohen

As a therapist and educator, I believe in dispelling the myth that there is a ‘miracle’ cure from mental health issues, as well as the equally inaccurate belief that recovery from these struggles is impossible. I see it as a process of REstoration and disCOVERY and am passionate about supporting adolescents and adults on their journey to transform rigid narratives, discover who they are and, find purpose and meaning in life.

My approach to therapy is holistic in making use of a variety of therapeutic modalities, which are tailored according to the needs of each client. My approach is also holistic in recognising that an individual’s dilemmas are at once psychic and somatic, conscious and unconscious, internally and externally based, and rooted in past experience as well as present functioning; none of these elements should be neglected at the expense of the others. I view creativity as a valuable tool and harness it in sessions through the use of art and sandtray therapy. “Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain” (Jung, 1981, p. 13).

I believe that the client-therapist relationship is a crucial melting pot in which past and present experience may be safely explored. Central to this is a compassionate and respectful stance that allows the client to approach avoided and painful areas of experience without fear of judgment, rejection, or ‘omniscient’ interpretation from the therapist. Feedback from clients allows me to feel confident that I am skilled at creating this situation of trust with clients.

Therapy provides a confidential space to explore where you find yourself: desperate for change or just curious. Neither position is judged as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – you can come, just as you are!

Reference: Jung. C. (1981) The Collected Works of C. G. Jung: Structure and dynamics of the psyche. Pantheon  Books.