While there are now many different theories and models of psychotherapy, there are four common factors between all effective therapies: 1) an emotionally charged, confiding relationship with a helping person; 2) a healing setting; 3) a rationale that provides a plausible explanation for the client’s symptoms; 4) a method that requires active participation of both client and therapist which is believed by both to be a means of restoring the client’s health. Research has shown that psychotherapy is very effective for a lot of people, but there is little evidence that any one model is more effective. What really seems to matter is that client and therapist have a good working alliance and that they both believe in the approach they are taking together
For this reason, I put the therapeutic relationship at the centre of the work and I use my knowledge of multiple models and approaches to develop a language that makes sense to both of us. Some say that there are as many different therapies as there are therapists. I would take this further and suggest that there are as many different therapies as there are client-therapist relationships. This is because we work collaboratively to create the therapy that is best for you.
Below is a list of training that I have completed, which may influence my work.
- Gestalt Psychotherapist (MA and UKCP registered Gestalt Therapist)
- EMDR (fully trained EMDR therapist)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Mentalisation Based Therapy
- Attachment Theory
- Systemic Constellations
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (level 1)
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)