My name is Abigail, I am an Integrative Counsellor.
This means that I can alter my way of working to better suit my client's personal needs. Working this way means that I can bring different skills and theories into session that I feel my client may benefit from. I believe that a counselling journey needs to be as unique as the person embarking on it. Since qualifying in 2019 I have worked with a range of different issues from but not limited to depression, anxiety, stress, grief, bereavement, abuse and confidence issues.
Good question, ever since I was little I always seemed to be helping others, going over to the crying child on the playground to see if they were ok and helping them if they weren't. The passion grew and was not unnoticed by my teachers as they presented me with a 'most caring of others' award at my school's award ceremony. Then, as life happened and challenges were presented to me and my family, this passion grew and grew until I knew I had found my 'dream job'.
I knew that I could turn this passion into something that could help people through life's challenges. This is why I became a counsellor.
Why do you think integrative therapy is the most effective form of therapy?
I think an integrative way of working is effective as it allows the therapist the freedom to move with the client's needs as these may change week to week, session to session. I strongly feel that when it comes to counselling, this is not a one size fits all service, the counselling journey has to be as unique to the individual on the journey.
How would you describe your therapy session & approach?
As stated before I work in a integrative way, changing the way I work to help benefit the client with what they are needing then and there in session. I do like to work within a little bit of a structure, just to ensure that the client is getting exactly what they need form me and their sessions.
What are your Top 3 professional achievements so far?
1) Starting my own private practice
2) Managing a counselling service for a local charity
3) Building the charity's counselling service from the ground up