I take an Integrative Approach to Counselling...
Firstly, what is meant by "Theoretical Orientation"? I see this as the conceptual scaffolding from which to understand a client's therapeutic needs.
It is important to me that such a theoretical orientation has been proven useful and helpful to clients (i.e. effective) through scientific research.
Through my academic studies and continuing professional development, I have built up a firm, yet flexible, framework from which to practice therapy. My life philosophy is based on a belief that humans strive to self-actualise; that finding a life meaning is important; that humans are social beings; that the present is important; that thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interconnected; that people are creative; and, that individuals can make meaningful and measurable improvements to their lives.
My thirst for knowledge of ongoing developments in counselling and psychotherapy has led me to attend workshops on PACT, GMCT, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Psychoanalytic Theory, EMDR (for trauma), Neuroscience, Couples therapy, etc. I regularly attend conferences and seminars - locally and overseas - to upgrade my skills in order to stay current and relevant in the ever-developing and deepening world of psychotherapy.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
I believe that mental health and wellbeing consists of the capacity for individuals to reach their full potential; including having the ability to deal with the normal stresses of life, and being able to distinguish 'normal' from 'extraordinary' stressors. Mental wellbeing incorporates having the ability to be productive and fruitful, to contribute to work, family and community.
For couples, wellness can be exhibited through behaviours and encapsulated in thoughts and feelings about self and partner; along with other family members.
At different stages of the therapy, I will utilise different skills (taking an integrative approach). I first work to build rapport and establish a strong therapeutic alliance such that you feel confident to tell your story. Later the client is supported to raise awareness, increase insight and access emotions. You may be challenged to change your view of your self, your history, your experiences.
I specifically tailor my therapy to suit you, your presenting problems and your goals; sensitivity to your needs is paramount.