My Approach to Psychotherapy/Counselling
Sometimes we feel weighed down and bugged down by life itself. We might feel confused, stuck, or over whelmed with daily activities. You might find that talking to someone who listens in a non-judgemental way can be helpful. Having worked through my own issues in therapy, I am able to be more empathetic having seen the benefits of ‘walking in other people’s shoes’. I therefore aim to offer a safe, containing, warm, and non-judgemental space for you to bring whatever you wish to at any point in time. I will also support you to recognise patterns and behaviours, that originated from your past and may be holding you back in the present; help create better self-awareness of your internal processes and improve your external relationships to become a better version of yourself. Together, we will work at your own pace to unpack your emotions, help you understand the reasons behind your present state of mind, while co-creating a space to heal from your past traumatic experiences.
Although I trained in the dialogue between the psychodynamic and person-centred approaches, I work creatively and intuitively, depending on the client’s needs. Essentially, my belief in the existence of an inner world through which we perceive an outer reality where the past is alive in the present is premised on my personal life experience. However,my primary objective is to build a therapeutic relationship with you grounded in honesty and openness which may lead to trust and mutual understanding. What is most important to me is the relational aspect of our work together which is deemed the prime factor in the therapeutic process according to research.
This may be your first time, so you may not know where to begin or what to say. You may also feel uncomfortable, finding it difficult to remain authentic or be vulnerable with your therapist.I will help you feel comfortable because I understand that it is not an easy feat to embark on a healing journey knowing that your whole life could change because of your decision to enter therapy. Healing and change can happen only when we recognise a real desire to do ‘things’ differently and a willingness to engage in the work to bring about the desired change. From the person-centred point of view, I recognise that we are experts of our own lives and believe that we all have the capacity to change.
I am experienced in offering long and short-term psychotherapies online and in person. My work primarily is in the following areas:
I am experienced in offering long and short-term psychotherapies online and in person. My work primarily is in the following areas: Child sexual abuse (CSA), sexual/physical abuse, physical/sexual violence, anger, childhood related issues, trauma, Complex trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, sexual abuse, relationship issues, dissociative identity disorder, bereavement/loss, anxiety, panic attacks, grief, low self-esteem, sexual identity, eating disorders and many others. Prior to this time, I worked with Health in mind, as a mental health peer support and in other capacities. During my placement, I worked with Polbeth Community Hub and Safe Space Dunfermline, where I am still working as a volunteer psychotherapist. Safe space Dunfermline is a specialised agency that aims to support people who experienced CSA and molestation.
At present, I work with Hope Counselling Service (a faith-based institution) offering general counselling to clients from diverse backgrounds. As well as obtaining a Diploma certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Edinburgh University, which qualifies me to practise as a psychotherapist, I am also on my Doctorate degree (D’Psych) with a potential research topic on transgenerational trauma and epigenetics. I am constantly attending CPDs, online workshops and seminars to keep abreast of latest developments in the field and to bring value to our sessions.
At BeeSan Psychotherapy and Counselling Services, everyone is welcome and included, regardless of their background, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and values relevant to them. My space is open to all BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour), LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, carers and everyone who feels ‘different’ to the norms of society. I will treat you with respect by asking you about your pronouns at our initial meeting and how you would
like to be addressed.