Every therapist will say that they wanted to help people, and I am no different in this. I have always had a strong sense of wanting to make a difference in the world, and being a therapist has helped me achieve my goal. If I can work to alleviate the emotional pain of just one person, I will feel it is a career well spent.
The integrative therapy I practice is adaptable, it flexes and changes to meet the individual needs of the client. There is no "you should" or "you must". As you move along your therapy journey, the therapy moves with you, seamlessly.
I try to create an environment where clients feel safe and welcomed. Coming to therapy is hard, so smoothing the rough edges where I can is the least I can do for my clients. I am led by the client's needs in all things. We might choose a specific piece of work to do, or the client might choose to use their sessions as a way to make sense of their week. The client is in charge of their therapy, it is their process, I am there to support and guide. That isn't to say that sessions won't be challenging. Sometimes the biggest change comes through challenging persistent patterns of thought and behaviour. This will be done in the most sensitive way possible, with attention paid to the client's safety at every turn.
1. Gaining my post-graduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. 2. Being given the opportunity to work with the wonderful clients at Trust House Lancashire, The Wish Centre, Blackburn, and N-Compass. 3. Setting up my private practice.