As a qualified therapist, I am here first and foremost to listen to my clients. Once I know what story they have told themselves only then can we start to work together to unravel what is causing them distress. Memories are often unreliable narrators but they can help us to ascertain how we have programmed ourselves and only then can we seek to work out what course of action might be best to shift our thinking.
Many people in the mental-health professions tend to pathologise clients problems. Once they are diagnosed they can then issue the correct procedure or administer the right pill. I see no benefit in attaching any label to clients presenting issues whether that be Anger, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, ADHD or an eating disorder.
Therapy may develop your feeling skills; it might help you how to put invisible things into words, how to go deep and face things and to draw out our, “Undisciplined squads of emotion!”
"and so each venture is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate, with shabby equipment always deteriorating. In the general mess of imprecision of feeling, undisciplined squads of emotion..." T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Therapy can also be done through direct cognitive behaviour adjustments or by exploring our history of attachments or sometimes examining the games we play through our transactions with the significant others in our lives. Exploring our inner and outer worlds can be looked at through multiple lenses whether that be psychoanalysis, exercise, diet or simple breathing techniques.
I am an advocate of a 'whatever works' holistic approach to achieving better mental health.
I am registered with and work under the ethical codes and practises of the counselling and psychotherapy profession.