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What to Expect in Therapy with Me: A Journey of Self-Discovery

My goal is to create a safe space for you to process experiences, navigate challenges, and facilitate growth and healing at your own pace. Whether you are working through past memories, facing current difficulties like grief or major life transitions, or seeking a new direction, this is a supportive environment.

At our core, when we are aligned with our true selves, we have the answers. Our work together will focus on dismantling barriers to that inner wisdom. While this can be a worthwhile challenge, the rewards of living an authentic life make it a deeply meaningful endeavour.

As psychologist Carl Rogers eloquently stated, "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."I don't claim to have all the answers. Instead, I aim to be a compassionate guide on your journey of self-discovery. While our therapeutic relationship may seem one-sided, as I don't disclose personal details about my life, I strive to create a warm yet appropriately bounded environment. Maintaining clear professional boundaries is essential for effective counselling work. My role is to provide a supportive yet objectively boundaried relationship to facilitate your self-exploration and growth.

Research suggests that we create psychological defences like denial, repression, and rationalisation as coping mechanisms against emotional pain and trauma. While initially protective, these defences can calcify into rigid patterns that limit self-awareness and authentic expression.The therapeutic process involves gently exploring these defences, not to re-traumatise, but to remove the obstacles to accessing our innate capacity for growth, love, and wholeness. By cultivating a safe, non-judgmental space, we can gradually dismantle the barriers and you can rediscover your true, undefended self.

In our sessions, we'll explore recurring patterns so that you can understand yourself better and pave the way for personal growth and positive change. As psychologist Carl Jung described, "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." He used the metaphor that therapy can be like a "floodlight switched on in the cityscape of the mind," illuminating new perspectives and catalysing lasting, positive transformation.

 

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