The 10 guiding principles that inform my ethically sound and sustainable approach to work.
1. Our work together is collaborative. I'm not the expert on you (you are) and I believe you're intrinsically resourceful and you don't need fixing. My expertise is in facilitating the process.
2. I do not pathologise natural human conditions and I refer to the people I work with as clients not patients.
3. While I recognise the power of the individual to change their own lives, I also recognise the influence and impact of the different systems and context each of us live within.
4. My sessions are focussed in present moment with curiosity, compassion and non-judgement, recognising insight comes from a mindfulness based approach.
5. Sustained and positive change is usually subtle in nature and happens gradually overtime.
6. My style draws from a range of different approaches and is holistic in nature, meaning I recognise mind, body and spirituality are interconnected and influence each other.
7. I believe to be a good therapist, counsellor or coach you must not only have a good understanding of theory and practice but also be able to draw from your own direct personal experience with the therapeutic or helping relationship.
8. Having practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 27 years and participating in annual silent retreats with leading Insight and MBSR teachers from around the world, I have maintained a commitment to deepening my own personal awareness, mindfulness and compassion.
9. Our culture places too much emphasis on positive emotions but emotions are not good or bad, positive or negative. Denying some emotions in favour of positive emotions is an avoidance or defence mechanism and it's ultimately toxic and harmful. I believe all emotions are valuable and are inherently meaningful.
10. I believe doing any kind of innerwork is challenging and while it is important to step outside your comfort zone and take risks sometimes in order to grow you also need to find a balance and recognise when rest and recovery is more useful.