My Work as a Counsellor & Focusing Professional in Plumstead
I work one-to-one with adults, offering supportive counselling for a range of issues, including (but not restricted to) grief and bereavement, gay/lesbian issues, life transitions and sticking points in relating to self and others. My approach values collaborative dialogue, open-minded listening, and appreciative recognition of resilience and new vitality. In addition to offering counselling, I also teach Eugene Gendlin's Focusing to small groups and to individuals wanting to learn valuable personal growth and self-help skills.
Benefits of Counselling
Counselling can be an enriching and generative process, particularly when grounded in a trust of our remarkable capacity for resourcefulness - even at times of challenge and adversity. A reliable therapeutic relationship can be fertile ground for viewing one's situation afresh, "resetting" stuck places and finding new sources of vitality and encouragement.
Benefits of Focusing
Focusing was developed by Prof Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago in the 1960s, as part of a study into the efficacy of psychotherapy. Gendlin discovered the inner process that leads, most predictably, to change. He devised a very helpful practice - called Focusing - for identifying and exploring what he called the Felt Sense, the richly intuitive knowing that can bring surprising insights, new steps and deeper self-knowing. Focusing can be used to advance personal development, and it is also an orientation for counselling and therapy that has been shown to enhance outcomes.
My 2018 rates are R450 per one-hour session.
Training and Accreditation
My training includes a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the South African College of Applied Psychology, and an intensive training in Focusing-oriented therapeutic work. I am accredited as a Focusing-Oriented Professional with the Focusing Institute in New York.