I draw from a range of modalities and theories to inform my approach to counselling / therapy. The foundation of my approach is informed by existential philosophy and therapy. I also draw from attachment theory, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, systems theory, trauma informed models of care, and creative approaches to counselling and therapy amongst others.
Existentially informed Counselling / Therapy
What does this mean? To view therapeutic counselling through an existential lens, is to approach all human experience with interested curiosity and an openness to experience. Curiosity about how we engage with ideas about life and death, meaning, connection and isolation, belonging and….What do we believe about ourselves, others, and the world in which we live, and how might this be influencing the way we interact with the world. What part do they play in our relationships with each-other as well as anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship conflict and any or all of the issues we live with in our daily lives.
Exploring the experience of living and being you in relationship with others and the world is at the heart of existential therapy. Together we enter into a world of possibility as we ask the what, who, where and how questions of life as they apply to the issues you seek to understand through counselling.
Who…..am I? How……am I being in the world?
In taking an existential stance, it can be worth considering what happens when we replace our polarising notions of ‘right and wrong’, ‘good and bad’, with an acknowledgement of the shades of grey that paradoxically and counter-intuitively can, and often do, lead to deeper understanding, self-and-other compassion, clarity of vision, meaning and acceptance of things as they are. This does not mean we passively go to sleep on our dreams, but rather we are invited to “accept the things we cannot change, change the things we can, with the wisdom to know the difference”.
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