Person-centred counselling has a humanistic philosophical basis which values individual perceptions and recognises that we all experience the world in different ways.
The counsellor provides 3 ‘core conditions’ which facilitate client growth:
- a deep and imaginative level of empathy for the client’s experience
- the acceptance of the client - a non-judgemental attitude
- a genuine willingness to 'walk alongside' the client.
I also use techniques and ideas from other humanistic models (Gestalt, Psychosynthesis, Transactional Analysis) as and when appropriate. All research on the efficacy of counselling has pointed to the quality of relationship between counsellor and client being paramount. I put this at the top of my priorities.
I love to walk in nature, and the beautiful lanes and paths around my home provide me with plenty of opportunities.
Some clients find it helpful to have some of their sessions ‘on the move’. More energy is engendered, physical as well as psychological wellbeing is addressed.
I am happy to make your counselling session a walking one, dependent on weather and conditions - bring suitable footwear and clothing!
Working with adolescents
My extensive background in teaching has made working with 11 - 18s in a school setting seem a natural progression. I have also worked with many individuals from this age group as private clients.
Parental permission is essential for under-16s.
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