“My wife and I visited Geoff as a last resort, and now wished we hadn’t left it so long. We soon realised we had nothing to feel nervous about and came away from the first session feeling like a massive weight had been lifted from our shoulders”
As a qualified Couples and Relationship Counsellor, I work with the concept that the ‘Relationship’ between two people forms an existence and integrity of its own which is quite apart from the expectations, aspirations and fears of the individual. It is important to understand that the needs of the ‘Relationship’ change over time, as does those of the individuals in the relationship.
I have never met a client whose intention was for a meaningful relationship to be wasted. The general reality is that the intense pressures of modern day living can cause any of us to lose sight of that which we most treasure, namely our personal relationships.
The foundation of my Couples Counselling practice is centred on the essence of the needs of the Relationship and the responsibility that the individuals have for it, along with their individual expectations of it, whilst not discounting the individual and changing needs of those in the relationship. This approach avoids a tendency to blame or shame individuals and so encourages a constructive way of working, so that issues can be explored in a non-judgemental and non-confrontational way.
I also see that the birth and development of a close relationship can be likened to that of the birth and growth of a child; this helps to recognise and work with the concept of growth and change in both the Relationship and those in in the relationship, so that the needs and expectations of all may be attended to.
My core approach to this specialist area of therapy also integrates important aspects of communication and personal development skills, using Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Literacy techniques.
In engaging in counselling with me, you are assured of a safe, confidential and supportive environment which meets the professional expectations of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, of which I am Registered Accredited Member – Reg. MBACP (Accred).
I allow a 100% discount for any initial exploratory discussion or assessment as I believe that it is important to establish that you are happy to work with me, understand how I work and establish what outcomes you are seeking, before you make any contractual or financial commitment.