I am a London based integrative counsellor/psychotherapist with extensive experience in the NHS. I have worked both nationally in the UK with several NHS Trusts but also internationally. I have clients around the world.
As an integrative psychotherapist I take inspiration from several approaches. I am essentially an Adlerian but I am also influenced by Jung, Miller and Rogers. I work predominately with the Jungian concept of the inner child and how this impacts on the client's current identity and its subsequent ramifications. How does the internalised child influence us? Inspired by Adler I make objective observations of the client’s choices and behaviours and explore the client’s objectives. Throughout the process, emphasis is placed on those actions and thoughts that are within the client’s control rather than focus on what's not in the client's control. The client is motivated by the therapist to discover things about themselves and this helps the client to achieve self actualisation.
Dialogue is important and discussion is central to my approach. This is called the "Socratic method". The Socratic method embodies the egalitarian nature of my therapeutic style. Two people seek insightful knowledge in a non-intrusive and respectful manner. I feel that the Socratic method encourages a close relationship between equals and is best described by Jacobs as “The basis of a […] counsellors work, […] is the real relationship that exists simply by virtue of two (or more) people coming together; one in the role of the helper, the other(s) seeking help […] they are ordinary human beings, sharing the common joys and sorrows of life.” (Jacobs 2011:132).
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind.