Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Coach, Educator
My approach is creative, patient, respectful, sensitive and practical with the aim of helping people to learn, grow and overcome life's many challenges. Currently I offer Psychotherapy, Counselling, Life Coaching and sensitive maths education online and I can also offer outdoor "walking and talking" therapy in person in the Perth (Scotland) area.
I begin with the assumption that the way in which each of us experience and understand the world in which we live is a unique process. From this perspective, our understandings of how the world is are central to our sense of self, the decisions we make, the options we see available to us and the way we act and interact with others.
Constructivist therapies are a joint venture between therapist and client which involves establishing a collaborative working relationship based on trust and respect. Through listening to those who seek help and gentle questioning, as well as encouragement, I help people to explore and understand their difficulties in ways that allow them to feel safe. In this way, my clients and I work alongside each other to develop the potential for alternative ways of understanding, experiencing and interacting with the world that allows a greater sense of choice and freedom.
Sometimes we may feel stuck or find ourselves acting in ways that don't seem to help us and while we are all accustomed to solving problems in our day to day lives, sometime solutions do not seem so easy to find and we may benefit from talking therapies from a therapy specialist.
I welcome anyone who thinks they might benefit from a psychological approach to their problems.
In 1955, George Kelly presented personal construct theory as an alternative to the two main approaches to human understanding at that time. Coming from the philosophical standpoint of Constructive Alternativism, PCP is an optimistic, respectful and forward thinking psychology which lends itself understanding l human endeavours.
George Kelly put forward a number of ideas that I find exciting to work with and highly applicable to the range of work that I am interested in.
An important underlying belief from PCP is that there is always an alternative way of looking at and understanding things. This idea provides a stimulating challenge to both creativity and the imagination.
In therapy, this means that the emphasis may be less on helping someone to find a 'true' understanding of what is going on so much as an understanding that will work for them in helping them move forwards from where they may have become stuck.
Within an educational context, this means that there is always another way to approach the matter in hand. It may be a case of considering alternative perspectives on the presenting problem. It also means remembering that there will be many possible ways to reach a solution. Creativity and openness to new ideas or possibilities are required to find them. Approaching an educational sticking point with this in mind enables the educator and learner to work together to find something that is both meaningful and useful to both.
Coming from the philosophical standpoint of Constructive Alternativism, PCP is an optimistic, respectful and forward thinking psychology which lends itself well to both coaching, therapy and educational work.
The implication running right through Personal Construct Psychology is that importance lies in meanings rather than in actual events. A person's experience of events takes on more importance than the historical fact of the events themselves.
When writing about therapy, George Kelly stated that the client knows more about their own difficulties than anyone else and it is the task of the therapist to help a client to create a more fruitful life for themselves. I find this to be a useful starting point for working with everyone. People generally have a very good idea about what is 'wrong'. What they struggle with is how to put it 'right'.
Kelly saw 'behaviour' as an 'experiment' - an idea which encourages a positive perspective on things that may at first seem otherwise. If a person's behaviour is seen as a series of experiments, it leads us to consider what might be the nature of their hypothesis. . . . .