My process is grounded in the understanding that meaning-making is fundamental to health and happiness. Creating meaning creates the WHY to everyday, and is fundamental to a flourishing sense of self.
My process is person-centred and collaborative, exploring together ways to reframe the problem and see new possibilities.
Self awareness is a pre-requisite for self empowerment. Self empowerment is a powerful antidote to depression.
The person-centred, collaborative approach explores ways the client can accept responsibility for what is his\hers, and distance self from what is not. Further exploration permits the client to discover a way to move forward with courage and authenticity towards becoming the self he\she truly is.
The Chinese word for crisis is the same as for opportunity. I share this understanding.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Thoughts create feelings; feelings may lead to actions. We can learn to develop healthier habits of thinking which in turn can reduce emotional reactivity and impulsive action. Learning to choose our thoughts leads to self-empowerment. Recognition of the possibility of choice is usually life-changing.
It has long been accepted that brain chemistry has a pervasive influence over our thinking and feeling, however, recent research has shown that the reverse is also true: THOUGHTS CHANGE BRAIN CHEMISTRY!
Dr. Norman Doidge’s books, The Brain That Can Change Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing, indicate that we have a lot more power to change our brains than we may realize, e.g. walking creates new neurons in the Hippocampus…at any age! Neuroplasticity of the human brain permits far greater adaptability and new learning than was previously thought to be the case.
Rogerian or Person-Centred Therapy: Unconditional, positive regard for the client. The paramount importance of Trust and the Therapeutic Relationship to effect change. Belief that the individual has an inherent capacity to move away from maladjustment to psychological health.
Existential Approach: Distinction between normal and neurotic anxiety. Help in facing anxiety. Creation of Meaning. Facing suffering. Accessing courage. Discovery of a path that can enlarge the individual’s way of life and permit expression of unique potential. Discovery of identity, and accessing the courage to express it.