The main theoretical model underpinning my work is Transactional Analysis. This is a wide ranging and sophisticated psychological theory, with ideas on how we become who we are, how we relate to others and how we can make personal changes. It has a strong cognitive behavioral element i.e. how we think about and view ourselves and the world and how this affects our behavior. However, the theory also incorporates a relational depth theory, with a whole methodology enabling therapists to work to effect deeper emotional change within their clients.
I am also interested in many other ideas in the therapeutic field. Specifically the person centred methodology of Carl Rogers, the work of the existential therapists such as Irving Yalom, and Ernesto Spinelli, and the writings of the relational psychoanalysts Stephen Mitchell, Lewis Aron & Paul Wachtel.
I am very interested in giving attention to the body in psychotherapy. In connection with this, I have trained with Merete Holm Brantbjerg in the Relational Trauma Therapy approach to body work and with Sandra Reeve in her Move into Life movement practice.
My area of clinical specialism is outdoor psychotherapy. I believe the use of nature and 'wild' settings can deepen a client's awareness and connection with themselves. This is turn can promote a powerful connection with others and the environment. (see Outdoor Therapy page for more details)
This is consistent with my belief that therapy is essentially the 'art' of 'being with' people. i.e. the use of a relationship to affect 'change' in the client (although the therapist is often changed by the experience too!) Therapeutic work requires the therapist to be willing and able to be with, and accept, a client's feelings, thoughts and experiences.
As I am experienced in working both long and short term, I am able to adapt my approach to suit my client's requirements.