My core training was in the psychodynamic modality and this is the foundation for my counselling approach. The Counselling Directory gives the following definition for psychodynamic counselling:
“The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness – helping individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process.
In order to ensure these memories and experiences stay below the surface, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections.”
I enjoy working with individuals on their journey towards self-awareness and self-discovery, figuring out why they have become the individuals that they are. I believe that we carry our past experiences forward with us and they can impact our every day lives and our current relationships. Developing an understanding of this can be incredibly empowering because it offers an explanation, and once we are informed we have the power to make changes. I have also received training in a trauma informed approach and in DBT skills and I regularly integrate this into my work. This might involve psychoeducation, discussing coping strategies, breathing exercises, etc. I am also qualified to practise EMDR therapy which can be used to help process traumatic memories.