As an integrative Counsellor, I work mostly from a Person-Centered approach, this deals with the way an individual perceives themselves. This approach views human beings as having a natural tendency to develop to their full potential. This ability may have been shut off by certain life experiences which affect our sense of value and worth. A safe comforting environment with complete genuineness and a non-judgmental manner is offered to value, strive and understand the client’s experience.
I also work with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). I understand that there are five areas to be interconnected and affecting one another, the situation, thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and behavior. How You feel about a particular situation may cause emotional and physical feelings resulting in varying behaviors. CBT examines each aspect to give complete attention to each part. Negative thought patterns and changing them into a more positive approach to managing daily life.
I also work with a Psychodynamic approach which involves gaining an insight of the emotional and mental process rather than focusing on behavior (Strupp, Butler& Rosser 1988) The aim is to help the client find patterns in their thoughts, emotions and beliefs in order to gain insight into the present-day self. These patterns are often found to begin in childhood since Psychodynamic theory holds that early life experiences are extremely influential in the psychological development and functioning of an adult (Matthews & Chu 1997). My aim is to aid You in connecting the dots between Your past experiences and current problem and find Your internal resources to address the problem.