Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love.
It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up
in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in
the hollow part of your chest.
Grief is just love with no place to go.
– Jamie Anderson
My Approach to Grief and Bereavement Counselling
I trained as an Integrative counsellor which combines two theories of person-centred and psychodynamic approach. This means that I am non-directive in my approach. I tailor my skills to suit my client as I am aware that we are all unique and will use elements of other modalities, for example Gestalt, mindfulness and the use of therapeutic play therapy.
I believe that everything I do is in the best interest of my client, so, it’s not what I feel is best way forward for you, but to help you find the best way forward for you. I focus on understanding you and how you view your world. I bring empathy, warmth, kindness and array of wisdom and experience to the sessions. I am non-judgemental and congruent. My passion is to develop a client relationship which is at the heart of the therapy.
I work with clients in a safe, comfortable, confidential environment and offer both short term and long-term counselling. When working with children and young people, whilst maintaining their right to confidentiality, I will work closely with the parents/carer to ensure the child’s needs are met, this will be review regularly.
The use of creative media
I have an integrative approach to therapy and embrace the use of creative media in my work with adults, children and young people.
I am able to offer the use of creative items and within our contract together, we will look at how we will keep the space and ourselves safe, and respect any equipment provided. I am able to provide a therapeutic box or folder to store any work completed during the sessions. This is stored securely by me and we will discuss at the end of our time together what you wish to do with your work. Counselling is therefore used in conjunction with the media.
In this way and particularly in working with children, I hope to provide the environment in which therapeutic change can occur.