I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples in Hale, near Altrincham, and Deansgate in Manchester
Counselling and psychotherapy are similar therapeutic interventions. Counselling tends to be used for short-term, goal-oriented work, whereas psychotherapy is a deeper process.
Therapy is both a practical and a creative process and, potentially, a transformative one, and underpinning all therapy is the ongoing relationship between client and therapist who work together to create change and development.
I believe we all have the resources we need to make changes and develop a healthy life. The difficulties experienced are not from something missing from the personality or defects of some sort, but from the early decisions we made about ourselves and our world. We can change these decisions and live in a different way.
My approach is integrative, but mainly drawing on the Transactional Analysis model, alongside Gestalt, Attachment Theory, Existential and Psychodynamic and CBT models. I have given a very brief outline of these models below:
Transactional Analysis: Transactional Analysis (or TA as it is known) was developed by Dr Eric Berne in the 1950s. It is a theory of personality, child development and psychopathology. I have written more about TA here.
Gestalt: Gestalt theory was developed by Fritz and Laura Perls in New York in the 1950s. One of the theory’s basic assumptions is that we have an innate tendency to realise our potential, and become who we can be.
Existential: This approach focuses on helping us in coming to terms with life in all its complexity. Many of the problems that we struggle with are the natural consequence of the challenges and limitation of the human condition.
Attachment Theory: Attachment theory is the joint work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. In the 1960s Bowlby established the precedent that childhood development depended heavily upon the child’s opportunity to form a strong relationship with a primary caregiver.
Psychodynamic Theory: This approach embraces the work of all analytic therapies. In my clinical practice I draw on the work of Carl Jung, Alfred Adler and Melanie Klein. Whilst it shares the same core principles as psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy is far less intensive.
CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on thoughts, beliefs and attitudes and how they affect our feelings and behaviour. The model combines cognitive therapy (examining the things we think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things we do)
If you would like more information about any of my services, you can contact me confidentially on 0161 327 2175 or 07935 228216, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the contact form.
I offer an initial 30 minute (45 minute for couples) consultation where we can discuss any issues and establish if therapy would be the right course of action for you.