You will be listened to at a deeper level than family and friends. This is because I am trained in advanced listening, not just to words but body language and behaviours. This is used to reflect back what you have communicated so there are no misunderstandings.
“What you bring to the session, will always be the focus.”
As a good therapist I believe in your value as a human being and walk with you without judgement toward your desired outcomes. I show genuine interest, empathy and understanding of things from your core perspectives whether it be historical, cultural, religious or social. Working with diversity is of great interest to me and seeing the whole person is what will make you experience and understand your challenges on many levels.
You can expect to be accepted for you, which means you do not need to be anyone other than that. In fact it is your honesty that aids successful work. This way of being develops acceptance of self, as well as builds the ability to trust others.
My acceptance of you may at times involve gentle non-judgemental challenging questions, which I must be honest in saying may be unsettling at times. Conversely this may also bring a deeper understanding of self, which will lead to a more self-governing lifestyle.
“Attention will be given to experiences you felt did not matter and we will explore if breakthrough can be found there.”
You can expect to feel safe as what is discussed is confidential. There are limitations to this however, as I have a legal obligation to contact the authorities if you mention anything that will put you or others at risk of harm.
You can expect to engage in tasks both inside and outside the therapy room. This is in line with what you bring to the sessions to aid your therapeutic process. This will equip you with tools to reach for so you can experience the changes you desire.
Because therapy takes an exploration of your inner world by showing a deep interest in understanding what motivates you, It is of importance that I let you know, your journey can open up many powerful feelings, making it a turbulent time. This is not a time to give up, but a time to breakthrough as we stay with the difficult feelings. I must add that I am not in the role of fixing your issues and neither do I have all the answers. For therapy to be successful, you must be committed to trusting the process .
“What I do have is the ability to stay present with you without being afraid to journey into the depth of your challenges.”