With all my years of experience, I am finding myself offering versatile options of services. I work with individuals, couples and also as a supervisor and a life coach. I work short term and long-term. I work integratively, which means incorporating various different models and forming a personal approach – informed by the theories and thinking of these models.
What does all that mean to me? At a glance, it might look like I am ‘Jack of all traits’? Maybe, but equally I could say that this is a product of many years of training and practice. BACP accreditation advocates continued professional development, which I take seriously. Apart from requirement, this satisfies my thirst for more knowledge. On- going learning gives me a wealth of outlooks. It both challenges and validates my work, my thinking, my perceptions and my understanding.
The underlying theme to all of this for me is a growing understanding of the human behaviour and condition. Developments in Neuroscience confirm many of the theories, established by psychological thinkers during the years. This feels affirming, as well as shedding a new light on what we do as therapists.
I very much enjoy this versatility I have described. Equally, I am very grateful for the opportunities this is offering me. My work enriches me as a person. I learn so much from my interaction with my clients, which in turn makes me a more competent therapist – I hope. The therapeutic process is a two way experience – there are two of us (or three, in the case of couples work) in the room. There is an interaction, a mirroring and a reflection. Being social creatures as we are, we need this interplay with other people.