The Way I Work
My therapy practice is grounded in my original training in Person-Centred Counselling and my more recent training in Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT) and Wild Therapy.
Person-Centred Counselling is a humanistic therapy based on the work of Carl Rogers, who believed that individuals have within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and change, and that therapy must be concerned above all with providing a facilitative climate in which these resources can be tapped. For me its most important contributions are the twin ideas that clients have an inner compass they can trust, and no one else - including therapists - can be an expert or authority on the direction they should take.
ERT comes from the body psychotherapy tradition and draws a great deal from other therapies, including Person-Centred Counselling. As the name suggests, it focuses on two facts about human beings: we are embodied (we have and are bodies) and we are in relationship with others. ERT works on the principle that what needs to happen for a person is already trying to happen, and therapy supports this process through attention to the embodied relationship between therapist and client. You can read more about ERT here.
Please let me know if you are interested in working in a specifically ERT way. This often won’t look very different from conventional ‘talking therapy’ (a lot of the time we’ll probably be sat talking) but there is greater openness to bodily experience (sensations, movements, impulses) and to what is happening between us in the session as a source of information for your wider life and relationships.
A direct extension of ERT is Wild Therapy. This can involve working outdoors in less domesticated settings. You can read more about Wild Therapy here. Please let me know if you are interested in outdoor sessions.
Some of my important influences and inspirations are Carl Jung’s ideas on dreams and the collective unconscious; the Process-Oriented Psychology (‘Processwork’) of Arnold Mindell; certain Buddhist practices and teachings; and critical perspectives on love, sex and relationships such as those discussed by Meg-John Barker.