‘Before making the first phone call I was nervous as well as confused about what sort of counselling I should have. There seemed to be so many ideas and acronyms to understand and so many people to choose from. Martin immediately put me at ease and it all became clear’ Adam.
I explained to Adam that the sessions are tailored to meet his situation and needs. To make this possible I draw from different strands of counselling theory and past experiences. This includes:
Person Centred Counselling: I seek to enable a trusting relationship built on empathy, non-judgmental listening and honesty. This gives space for you to explore who you really are and what you would like to change or improve.
Psychodynamic counselling: Our past and childhood relationships can deeply affect our current relationships. Psychodynamic counselling seeks to discover links with the past and the present. This can help identify unhelpful patterns of behaving and/or relating so that you can begin to move forward.
Past experiences: This is the usage of own professional experience thus knowing what has worked in a variety of situations.
Again, the sessions are unique to you and ultimately I see counselling as a journey taken together by the counsellor and client, helping you to remove obstacles that stand in the way of you living a happy and fulfilling life.
Supervision and the Ethical Framework: My registration requires me to meet with an experienced BACP accredited supervisor twice per month. This ensures that I am working appropriately and in your best interests. Further, the meetings help me to reflect on my practice with the aim of always seeking to improve and maintain excellent standards.
This is linked to the BACP Ethical Framework and code of ethics which I adhere to in all my work. This includes maintaining confidentiality, being trustworthy, ensuring complete fair and impartial treatment, being committed to promoting your wellbeing and respecting your right to be self-governing.