The Therapy

Individual counselling/psychotherapy is a practice based on
a two person conversation. What his quite unique about the process is that both the client and therapist are focused on the clients narrative. Usually the client will enter into therapy feeling as if they are losing hold of their mental integrity, 'losing their mind'. this isn't always the case as some enter into therapy because of an internal desire to know ones self in a more profound and deeper way. either way, client and therapist are tasked with coming to a shared sense of 'knowing' in regards to the lived experience of the client.  

The Practice
(Artwork: Ancient aborigine symbols for two people sitting around a camp fire)                                                                                       

Firstly, no two stories are ever the same. Similarities, yes, but never the same. The lived experience is truly unique and we all have the right to a healthy way of exploration and expression. Within the professional therapeutic relationship the therapist supports with identifying   patterns of behaviour and thinking which inhibit the client from thriving. As a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist the sessions are client led, with the therapist showing their understanding by engaging with the content of the clients narrative. meaning, the therapist does not talk about their lives, but instead tries to reach as full an understanding of the clients experiences as required. The direction of the therapy is then guided by what occurs within the therapeutic conversation. it is not uncommon to experience intense feelings within the therapeutic encounter, as many of these feelings arise as the client recalls an event where the emotions were originally formed. Some of the feelings can be directed towards the therapist and can range from a great sense of warmth to an extreme sense of mistrust. provided the therapist is well trained and working ethically, there would ideally be sense made of whatever comes up within sessions. Although there are very severe cases where medication and hospitalisation are necessary, most cases where individuals feel they can no longer maintain their mental wellbeing are about the need to reach realisations that support with enhancing quality of relationship we have with ourselves and the others we introduce into our lives.

The Ethics 

What regulatory bodies are counsellors and psychotherapist bound by?

As a psychodynamic Psychotherapist, I am a member of both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). These bodies monitor the standards of training, and knowledge of ethical practice for all their members. There is the requirement for their members to be in regular supervision, to maintain Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and for the UKCP, be assessed every five years to maintain accredited status. (I can confirm a successful reaccrediting as of December 2020

In addition, all counsellors and psychotherapist must work to the code of ethics provided. Working so closely with the sense of vulnerability and intimacy can feel as if lines of communication can become blurred. As long as the therapist is working within the confines of their psychotherapeutic modality and the code of ethics, the lines of the boundaries they provide, should be able to assess if any have been crossed.

Please see attached a PDF of the UKCP code of ethics.