Providing client-centred evidence based practice from a relational stance, integrating person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches.
Therapy provides individuals with a regular time and space to talk through difficulties and emotions in an environment which is confidential and respectful. Rather than offering advice, the therapist listens and offers a psychological perspective which can enable
the individual to access greater insight into the problem. This can be empowering, enabling the individual to deal with the difficulty or make changes if needed. Kirsten practices integratively, drawing on the following psychological perspectives in order to best meet the individual needs:
Person-Centered Therapy (PCT)
PCT places great emphasis on the provision of certain therapeutic conditions including: unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence (genuineness). This provides individuals with the opportunity to develop a sense of self and find their true positive potential. The therapist uses a non-directive approach to assist the individual in finding their own solutions to their problems.
Psychodynamic therapy values an exploration of an individual’s past which can help to make sense of how an individual feels and highlight unhelpful patterns of behaviour that might be being repeated. These processes can be largely unconscious and through developing insight, the individual is able to make changes.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT explores the relationship between unhelpful thoughts, behaviours and emotions which can influence each other in repetitive and unhelpful patterns, thus maintaining the problem. A CBT therapist aims to break this vicious cycle by employing a range of techniques aiming to teach the client how to manage problems and situations. For example, by evaluating and modifying unhelpful thinking to be adaptive and healthier and by exploring behavioural patterns and experimenting with new ways of being, it is suggested that emotional wellbeing can be improved.
Supervision offers therapists a forum to reflect on all aspects of their professional practice. The aim is promote professional
development and client care.