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These are the main theory approaches I combine in my work with the intention of fitting the therapy to the client and not the other way around. I have shortened each description to give you an idea of the main focus of each approach.

Humanistic Therapies

study the client’s personality from the point of view of the client’s experience and assumes that people have free will to make their choices in life. It is also assumed that people are basically good and valuable as human beings, that they hold basic human values of concern and respect for others. The Humanistic approach is optimistic and believes that people have the capacity to overcome their problems and develop their potential to the full (this is often known as self-actualisation).  There are 3 main theoretical styles that make up the Humanistic approach:

Person Centred Therapy

This approach does not use techniques but relies on the personal qualities of the therapist to build a non-judgemental, honest and empathic relationship with the client. The theory is based on the innate tendency of people to fulfill their own potential.

Gestalt Therapy

This focuses on self-awareness and what happens from one moment to the next, also known as the 'here and now'. Self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential, which can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behaviour, leaving people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy.

By helping a client to become more aware of thoughts, feelings and actions in the present moment, gestalt therapy provides insight into ways in which he or she can relieve their current issues and distress in order to aspire to their maximum potential. Accepting responsibility for oneself is also a key emphasis.

Existential Therapy

This approach focuses on free will, self-determination and the search for meaning. Existential therapists will avoid imposing their own judgements, instead they wish to help people understand and explore their own perspective of the world, which will be informed by the “givens” of existence: the inevitability of death - freedom and its attendant responsibility - existential isolation – meaninglessness.

EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)

Not seen as a “talking therapy”, EMDR is an extensively researched and client-centred approach to resolving psychological struggles. Developed in the 80’s and originally used for treating PTSD in service personnel, this therapy has proven to be versatile and effective, expanding its treatment base to a broad range of conditions and psychological difficulties. Today’s great advances in neuroscience help us to understand the brain and how it develops and changes with life’s experiences and EMDR is highly informed by these advances.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

This focuses on clients recognising how the way they think influences the way they behave. This recognition hopefully encourages clients to notice how thoughts and actions influence one another and how making particular changes can help manage and cope with life in a more positive way. CBT requires practice in between sessions, trying out new behaviours and keeping a log of progress made.

Psychodynamic Therapy

The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to help people to unravel experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It focuses on the unconscious, which holds onto painful feelings and memories that are often too difficult for the conscious mind to process. Our behaviour and feelings as adults are rooted in our childhood. People develop ways to protect themselves, such as denial or projecting their own fears and beliefs onto other people. These defences are not seen as an emotionally healthy way to live.

  Solution-focused Brief Therapy

This is an approach to psychotherapy based on solution building rather than problem solving. It explores current resources and future hopes rather than present problems and past causes.




Accredited Psychotherapist | Counsellor | Supervisor
and Europe Accredited EMDR Practitioner

Horsham | Sussex

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