My therapy approach:
I base my work on Gestalt therapy approach. For me the most important aspects of that approach are:
Appreciation of the uniqueness of the person.
A holistic view of a person. We are our body, emotions, thoughts and sensations. The goal of therapy is the integration of all your aspects as equally important. Problems arise when the balance between them is disrupted.
Relational perspective, We are always in relation, with others and with the environment. The uniqueness of the person is taken into account in the context of their current environment or situation.
Relating is often considered optional. It isn’t. We are always relating.
The question is not of, but how.
Awareness. Change happens through increasing awareness and self-acceptance. Change comes through acceptance of what is, rather than striving to be different.
Responsibility. By becoming more self-aware, you take responsibility for who you are and how you operate in the world. You can then consciously choose to function differently, and not only rely on old habits. Making choices in harmony with who you are you fully become the author of your life. This brings a sense of power and freedom.
Focusing on here and now and the current experience. This doesn’t mean that your past experience and personal history are not important. We will explore what meaning you give it now. How it affects your current functioning.
Therapeutic relationship. As the most potent tool of bringing change. We will often pay attention to how you and I relate to each other during the session. It can help to recognise and understand your patterns of relating to others. It also gives an opportunity to try different ways of relating to others.