My Practice

We all get stuck, from time to time. Sometimes it feels like we cannot move forward. It can be frustrating, constraining, painful. Yet there is energy behind every blockage, and looking at it from above – as if from a bridge – can be the first step to unlocking our potential. Therapy provided me with that bridge, promoting better contacts with my inner world and the world outside. I strive to offer the same to my clients.

My ultimate wish is that, in doing this, I can contribute to a world with more bridges and less barriers. Because I passionately believe that is the only sort of world where we have a chance to be happy.

In essence, it all goes back to listening, and not with my ears only.

“Using both ears with full attention in the act of listening; using both eyes with full vision to see every possible aspect; and using whole heart attention to note every non-verbal element in the act of listening” (Hunt, 2016).

The written Chinese character for “listening” beautifully captures the essence of my lived experience as a counsellor. This sort of listening is a virtue that I have been aspiring to all my life, and what I can offer to my clients.

My work is rooted in Unconditional Positive Regard, Empathy and Genuineness, the core of humanistic approaches to therapy. Simply said, I cherish every contact with each of my clients, bring the whole of myself into the room to be with them in their experience and strive to be true to them, and myself, at all times.

Please access the menu of this page use the sub-sections to explore how we might work on specific issues (Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Bereavement and Loss, Issues Around Identity, Trauma and Abuse, Relationships).

I can offer one-to-one counselling sessions, face-to-face and on-line. We will work together to contract the aims and length of your therapy when you come for your initial appointment at my Southampton practice.

Gestalt

“If we produce our own awareness , we have all the potential for growth”
(F. Perls)

Gestalt is a holistic and co-created approach to therapy, which promotes awareness as the first step to resolving the blockages that might prevent us from living a satisfactory life. It aims to increase our capacity and flexibility, mobilising the energy flow that allows us to complete our “Cycles of Experience”, to reach satisfaction and then withdraw, remaining open to the emergence of a new sensation.

The Fertile Void at the end of a complete cycle is the conclusion of a successful contact, a state of openness to new sensations, the pause between an end and a new beginning. It is the Gestalt notion that best shows the association between Gestalt and oriental traditions.

During a session, I will encourage you to explore and become aware of your patterns and identify where they become unhelpful. Sometimes, I might suggest we used objects and creative materials to help you look at things in different ways. You will always be encouraged to choose what sits well with you.

Working creatively does not always mean having an object to play with. We could also use metaphors and imagery to capture the essence of our feelings, work with dreams to look at hidden meanings and focus on your body and your sensations. 

 

Gestalt is the foundation of my work, nevertheless I am open to integrating other approaches into a practice that does not fit people into rigid ideas and fixed therapy plans. For example, many of my clients find it very beneficial to work with aspects of CBT to promote their sense of Achievement, Enjoyment and Connection. I also have a keen interest in the somatic approach of Stanley Keleman’s Formative Psychology©, whose benefits I have personally experimented and often integrate in my own practice.

I would be happy to discuss this with you further.

My Practice

We all get stuck, from time to time. Sometimes it feels like we cannot move forward. It can be frustrating, constraining, painful. Yet there is energy behind every blockage, and looking at it from above – as if from a bridge – can be the first step to unlocking our potential. Therapy provided me with that bridge, promoting better contacts with my inner world and the world outside. I strive to offer the same to my clients.

My ultimate wish is that, in doing this, I can contribute to a world with more bridges and less barriers. Because I passionately believe that is the only sort of world where we have a chance to be happy.

In essence, it all goes back to listening, and not with my ears only.

“Using both ears with full attention in the act of listening; using both eyes with full vision to see every possible aspect; and using whole heart attention to note every non-verbal element in the act of listening” (Hunt, 2016).

 

 

The written Chinese character for “listening” beautifully captures the essence of my lived experience as a counsellor. This sort of listening is a virtue that I have been aspiring to all my life, and what I can offer to my clients.

My work is rooted in Unconditional Positive Regard, Empathy and Genuineness, the core of humanistic approaches to therapy. Simply said, I cherish every contact with each of my clients, bring the whole of myself into the room to be with them in their experience and strive to be true to them, and myself, at all times.

Please use the sub-sections of this page to further explore how we might work on specific issues (Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Bereavement and Loss, Issues Around Identity, Trauma and Abuse, Relationships).

I can offer one-to-one counselling sessions, face-to-face and on-line. We will work together to contract the aims and length of your therapy when you come for your initial appointment at my Southampton practice.

Gestalt

“If we produce our own awareness , we have all the potential for growth”
(F. Perls)

Gestalt is a holistic and co-created approach to therapy, which promotes awareness as the first step to resolving the blockages that might prevent us from living a satisfactory life. It aims to increase our capacity and flexibility, mobilising the energy flow that allows us to complete our “Cycles of Experience”, to reach satisfaction and then withdraw, remaining open to the emergence of a new sensation.

The Fertile Void at the end of a complete cycle is the conclusion of a successful contact, a state of openness to new sensations, the pause between an end and a new beginning. It is the Gestalt notion that best shows the association between Gestalt and oriental traditions.

During a session, I will encourage you to explore and become aware of your patterns and identify where they become unhelpful. Sometimes, I might suggest we used objects and creative materials to help you look at things in different ways. You will always be encouraged to choose what sits well with you.

Working creatively does not always mean having an object to play with. We could also use metaphors and imagery to capture the essence of our feelings, work with dreams to look at hidden meanings and focus on your body and your sensations. 

 

Gestalt is the foundation of my work, nevertheless I am open to integrating other approaches into a practice that does not fit people into rigid ideas and fixed therapy plans. For example, many of my clients find it very beneficial to work with aspects of CBT to promote their sense of Achievement, Enjoyment and Connection. I also have a keen interest in the somatic approach of Stanley Keleman’s Formative Psychology©, whose benefits I have personally experimented and often integrate in my own practice.

I would be happy to discuss this with you further.

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