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Types of therapy offered
I tailor my approach to each client though my initial training is Psychodynamic. This is an approach based on the principle that current difficulties may stem from earlier experiences. An understanding of these can help you gain a better perspective on your life. When working with children, tweens and teens, I work with what is going on for them in the here and now.
As with most therapies, the quality of the relationship between you and your counsellor is essential to your progress. I try not to get too bogged down with labels and find that a combination of these approaches works best for most clients. 
You are the expert on yourself, as no-one else knows exactly what it’s like to be you. I don't judge you, no matter what you bring to the session. This helps build a trustworthy relationship in which you can feel free and supported to disclose whatever is troubling you. This will help you to discover and build on your own strengths and resilience, so that you can cope with current and future problems.
I have experience working with adults and children going through a range of issues such as low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, depression, bereavement, and relationship difficulties. The list is not exclusive so don't worry if you are having problems in an area not listed here, we can still work together. 

Brief therapy
Some clients only want - or need - a short-term therapy where we focus on finding solutions and making positive changes rather than focusing on the past causes of problems. I will work to encourage you to look at what you do well, set goals and work out how to achieve them. This type of therapy can be effective in six sessions or fewer.

Advanced Integrative Therapy
Working with clients affected by trauma, I am a member of AIT Europe, offering Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) - also known as Energy Psychotherapy (EP). EP uses a variety of means to activate the body’s energetic flow, with the aim to bring about a release of stress, distressing emotions, bodily-held trauma and disabling negative core beliefs. This therapy tends to be longer term though this varies depending on the client. 

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