Transactional Analysis: Originating from the work of Eric Berne, this modality is useful for understanding why we act how we do when in relationship to other people. When we are interacting with others, we can find ourselves in ‘Parent mode’ or ‘Child mode’, or perhaps in ‘Victim mode’ or ‘Rescuer mode’, for example.
Existentialism: This philosophy is used as a way of thinking about how we create meaning in our lives and learn to be truer to ourselves. Victor Frankl created a version of this called logotherapy, which he describes in his work ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’.
Polyvagal Therapy: I incorporate Deb Dana’s groundbreaking teaching as a way for clients to understand the impact of their nervous system, particularly when working with anxiety. Many of our reactions are at a ‘neuroceptive’ level, meaning they are in our nervous system and triggering the fight, flight, or freeze responses. For more information, take a look at the Resources page.
Feminist counselling: This approach takes into account how different groups are disadvantaged in society, and seeks to encourage equality and balance, and the embracing of opposite sides of ourselves. It can also involve assertiveness training and is linked with socialist-humanism.
Imagework: Using Dina Glouberman’s approach, I incorporate visualisation techniques to help clients ‘see-feel’ what is going on for them. This creates images that we can use as metaphors for understanding, or to envisage new ways forward. Ask me more at our free initial phone call at a time that suits you.