As my counselling career has progressed I have evolved my approach to client work. In my early days I was focused so much on technical skills that I was in danger of forgetting the most important element to counselling: the relationship between client and counsellor.
Although I have not forgotten this when it comes to the work I do with each client, perhaps I had let this slip my mind when I designed my website. I noticed that it did not speak as clearly about my approach as I had hoped.
I am pleased therefore to announce that my website has now been substantially reworked to reflect my approach to counselling. And this is…
The core of my approach to counselling is Person-Centred, and so I believe that you will be able to find the answers. It may be that you need support with this, but I will not approach counselling with a pre-conceived notion of what might be helpful for you. Instead, I will work hard with you to understand your dilemmas, and I will support you to find your own way through.
I have been trained to integrate other approaches, and as each person is unique, it is important to adapt my approach to suit your individual needs. This means that I can draw upon a number of different theories to inform our work, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Gestalt psychotherapy.
If appropriate, I can offer clients an alternative way of exploring an issue. Examples include writing exercises, drawing, visualisation exercises and role play (such as the empty-chair technique). I offer short and long term work depending on your individual needs and your preferred way of working.
Hope that is clear. Do get in touch!
Chris Warren-Dickins BACP Registered Counsellor
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