People seek counselling for different reasons: some clients seek counselling to help with depression, addictions, phobia or other issues. Others might see a counsellor to help them cope with stressful life situations, challenges, isolation, emotional traumas, bereavement or identity issues. Some clients might use counselling as a mean to improve their emotional well being and stability in life. People who seek counselling come from all walks of life and from different social and ethnic backgrounds.
I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) member with experience working with individuals and young people for brief or long term therapy. My approach is mainly psychodynamic which means during the counselling process, the client and I will look at how past experiences influence their current feelings and behaviour. We will also explore repetition behaviours and the way to change them. I might employ creative techniques such as shell work, drawings and clay to access unconscious and enhance self awareness. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) skills might also apply to facilitate the work if appropriate.
I have specialist training in working with clients who have gambling addiction. Gambling addiction may be triggered by stressful issues in life. During counselling I will try to understand why and how the addiction developed and explore what the trigger was. Then we might explore how to change the behaviour by using CBT skills and how to replace gambling behaviour with healthier alternatives.
I have worked in a Chinese mental health organisation and Chinese National Healthy Living Centre for six years, I see clients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin or English. Being a Chinese counsellor, I understand Chinese cultural background and norms. I can also work with immigrants who may be challenged by exclusion, regarding identity and adaptation issues. I am currently working in the Leys School and St Andrews College to see young people.