I try to help clients make sense – their own sense, not mine – of their experience, of what lies behind unproductive patterns of behaviour or emotion, as a means of making changes. I provide a ‘safe space’ to experience, articulate and share feelings and thoughts. By reflecting together on our own interaction, and accessing clients’ own (‘unconscious’) self-awareness, we can usually both better understand the client’s dilemmas and find the way to personal change and development.
Sessions take place in an environment which offers clients privacy and a confidential relationship.
My key task is to listen: to listen intensively, taking in the complex emotional content that is conveyed when we speak or are silent, communicating both verbally and non-verbally.
I try to help you make sense – your sense, not mine – of your experience, of what lies behind unproductive patterns of behaviour or emotion, as a means of making changes.
‘I open the window and point to what is outside. I have no teaching but I carry on a conversation’Martin Buber
When we have problems in our relationships with others (or ourselves!), we suffer emotional distress, which can show itself through depression, anxiety, phobias, physical symptoms, addictions or relationship difficulties.
We can also feel oppressed by a sense of not living as productively as we want, or of feeling trapped in a life which isn’t the life we want to be living.