I would describe myself as in integrative counsellor, and borrow from both Humanist and cognitive schools of thought.
My approach to counselling is one of flexibility, and greatly inspired by, Carl Roger’s, person centred approach, William Glasser’s choice theory, John Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Beck’s Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I don’t subscribe to the idea of “One size fits all”, and treat each client as an individual. Therefore, my approach to working with each client is tailored to suit their needs, taking into consideration their issues, circumstances and personalities. For example, if a client’s lifestyle doesn’t lend itself well to sitting down at home and working on thought diaries, then written work is not something I will introduce into their course of therapy. Likewise, if a client doesn’t enjoy or feel comfortable writing, then I would also avoid such exercises.
My integrative approach means I am very adaptable and therefore able to work with a diverse range of clients and presenting issues. It allows me to see the same problem through a variety of lenses, affording me a choice of theories, skills and tools, to draw upon in meeting my client’s needs.