Psychotherapy, for me, is the creation of a safe and open space, a real and authentic relationship where fears can be questioned and unspoken thoughts be voiced.
There are many ways to practice psychotherapy; my way of doing it would be best described as phenomenological. This means that my focus is on how you experience and make sense of your life, holding firmly that greater awareness creates opportunities for both acceptance and change.
Another aspect of working phenomenologically is respect for the client. I don’t want to put labels on you, make you fit into my system of psychological mechanisms, or even fix you. I want to understand you.
I have been specifically trained in PTSD – trauma work by Babette Rothschild, existential relationship counselling by Karen Weixel-Dixon and group work by Emmy van Deurzen.