My Therapy Story
Many years ago I was contacted by a friend who worked for a youth counselling service asking me how to write a job advert for an administrator as I had run an employment agency. By the time he had finished describing the position I was so interested I asked for an interview. I got the job and within four years was acting as the Deputy Director having been seconded on the first of many training courses.
That was the beginning of my journey in Counselling which then led me, via a number of therapeutic and psychology trainings, to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have worked as a therapist since 1977, with a range of clients and client issues for a variety of organizations.
Where Psychology and CBT come into their own is the recognition that it is often the way a person approaches situations, their approach to others and their thinking style that holds them back. When I brought all this together – the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that individuals engaged in, I soon found myself working with issues ranging from executive presence and branding to political awareness and its management, effective leadership to developing confidence.
My experience as a therapist, together with the range of organizations and client challenges I had worked with, proved of great value. From the early 1990’s I developed a parallel career in both therapy and coaching.
I have always been passionate about helping others and therapy and coaching gave me the vehicles to not only do this but to gain a deep sense of satisfaction and privilege of being part of an individual’s growth and life journey.
The Aim of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an action-orientated form of therapy, it is highly interactive and promotes a collaborative relationship between the practitioner and the client.
A therapeutic practitioner helps you gain a new way of thinking about whatever is troubling you. Together you identify what is stopping you from reaching your full potential and what action you need to take to improve your situation. Therapeutic Practitioners look beyond presenting problems to possible underlying causes. The aim of the therapeutic process is to help you to understand and accept yourself and to change your behaviour to that which is likely to help you become the kind of person you want to be.