Approach to Therapy
"Because of the many misconceptions about psychotherapy, you may be reluctant to try it out. Even if you know the realities instead of the myths, you may feel nervous about trying it yourself. Overcoming that nervousness is worth it. That’s because any time your quality of life isn’t what you want it to be, psychotherapy can help" (American Psychological Association on Understanding Psychotherapy).
I would describe my approach to therapy as relational and experiential. In therapy I see my role as a facilitator. I offer my clients a safe and open space where their difficulties can be explored without judgment. The encounter is an active and conversational one. The work we do together is collaborative. I accompany you on your journey towards self-discovery and assist you as you find meaning in your experiences.
The therapeutic process helps clients develop the self-awareness and the skills required to become unstuck and move towards a more fulfilling life.
My approach to therapy is an Existential-Integrative one.
The Existential approach is a philosophical one based on the works of philosophers such as Heidegger, Nietzsche, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Contemporary existential writers and therapists include Emmy Van Deurzen (who has written many books on existential therapy and whom I have had the honour and pleasure of studying under).
Existential therapy involves helping clients take stock of their situation, allowing them to recognize their possibilities and limitations. It encourages an openness to perception and experience and helps clients live more fully in the here-and-now by coming to terms with past, present and future crises. It ultimately helps clients take responsibility, reclaim their lives, and live authentically (whatever that means to them).
The Integrative part means that I draw from the knowledge and techniques of many different schools of therapy to fit my clients’ specific needs including CBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Expressive Therapies (such as Art Therapy).