I am an integrative therapist, which means I have training in many different therapy styles rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. I chose to study in this way as I believe that everyone is different, therefore the therapy I offer should reflect this; I have studied approaches such as CBT, person centred therapy and solution focused therapy, as well as undergoing bereavement training with the NHS. In addition to my therapy work, I am a transformational life coach and mindfulness practitioner, therefore I can offer a wide variety of tools and approaches to best fit what you need.
How I work
I have always believed that people have the potential to enhance their personal growth, and I work with this philosophy in mind to empower clients with the tools needed to make meaningful change. Therapy isn’t always focused on problems, what can also emerge is a renewed outlook, a focus on strengths and resilience, increased self awareness, and a toolkit of coping strategies to help deal with life’s encounters outside of the therapy room.
Having qualifications in both therapy and coaching, I am able to offer either ways of working depending on what you need most.
As a therapist, I can help to make sense of any problems or challenges that are hard to move past, this may include making sense of your past, or understanding how patterns in thinking or behaviour are impacting your life. It could be something very specific, like anxiety, or it could be difficulties around relationship issues, lack of confidence or a bereavement. In essence, therapy is most useful when you aren’t coping as well as you would like, emotionally distressed or feel like you need to work through some very personal, difficult emotions.
As a coach, I can help with identifying goals and making the transformational shifts necessary to get you there. To be able to work in this way, it is assumed that you will not be requiring the support outlined above – you aren’t experiencing emotional distress or needing emotional support – as this can often make achieving goals more difficult.
Both of these ways of working can compliment each other occasionally, this is where being both a therapist and a coach can offer a truly comprehensive toolkit, which can be adapted to each and every individual.
An initial call can help to identify whether therapy or coaching is right for you if you are unsure. Once this is clear it helps to get the most value from our time together.
You may have tried therapy or coaching before but felt it didn’t work for you. It is crucial you feel you have a good ‘fit’ and that you feel understood and listened to when discussing your thoughts, feelings and emotions. This can feel uncomfortable and daunting for some, but can ultimately lead to transformational change. I know that seeking the right support can be a minefield, therefore I have outlined the differences in types of therapies, and coaching, to help you decide what’s best for you, please take a look at my FAQ page for more info. Alternatively, feel free to call if you are unsure whether therapy or coaching is the best approach for you. I offer a free, no obligation call to help determine the best way forward so that you can begin your journey towards a more positive, productive life.