This page offers a summary of the styles of working that I have been trained in.
Psychotherapy is the provision, by a qualified practitioner, of a formal and professional relationship within which patients/clients can profitably explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences. A UKCP registered Psychotherapist has had a four-year, post-graduate, in-depth and experiential training in how to work with a variety of people with a wide range of emotional and mental difficulties.
‘Neuro-Linguistic Programming’ (or Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy) is a pragmatic approach that started off by studying some of the best therapists in the world. By modelling their behaviour and attitudes it was possible to distill their approches to the differences that made the difference and to teach these distinctions to others. This methodology of modelling what works has resulted in the development of many pragmatic models, attitudes and change techniques.
Hypnotherapy is the deliberate utilisation of mental relaxation in order to facilitate healing. Rather than using overt trance inductions and post-hypnotic suggestions I prefer to use an indirect, permissive style that keeps you involved and deepens your awareness of what is. The idea is to create an environment in which you can follow your thoughts and notice sensations in and around your body.
Clean language / metaphor therapy / emergence
Metaphor therapy uses a specialised ‘clean’ questioning technique to enable you to pay attention to and discover more about what you would like to have happen and what needs to happen in order for you to get it. This can be a very elegant and powerful way of working as it protects you from being ‘polluted’ by the therapist’s preconceptions of the way the world works. It empowers you to explore your own issues in your own way and uncover your own solutions.
Time Line Therapy
This form of regression therapy utilises your ability to imagine our life as a line from the past to the future. Floating above this line it is possible to learn from the past (including past lives or family history if appropriate) and let go of emotions from painful memories. It is also a powerful way of setting compelling goals into the future.
Encounter centred couple therapy
My work with couples is inspired by the work of Hedi Schleifer. This direct approach establishes and strengthens the connection between a couple and dissolves problems rather than resolving them. I will coach you to connect with your bodies and your eyes. I will invite each of you in turn to visit the world of the other and to be fully present there in deep empathy. Intimacy = Into Me See.
In addition to our physical body where our physical organs exist in the shared reality we have a subtle body where our thoughts and emotions exist in our personal reality. Doctors often use physical touch to get information about the physical body. When we are in rapport I will be able to feel something of what is going on in your subtle body. I use this connection to pace my communication, support and encourage any change that is ready to happen.
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