Oliver Frawley Psychotherapy
|Phone: 0208 809 0211
|16th January 2021|
OLIVER FRAWLEY, UKCP reg,COUNSELLOR and PSYCHOTHERAPIST.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING; WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY, AND HOW WOULD I DESCRIBE MY APPROACH?
The essential elements of Counselling/Psychotherapy are a client, a therapist and an agreed time and place to meet. Central to the process is the relationship between client and therapist.
Counselling/ Psychotherapy is a relationship based on respect and trust. It is a relational journey in which both parties work together to foster insight and understanding. It provides an opportunity for you to reflect on how you are living your life and how you would like to be, and on the choices you are making.
I describe my approach as existential-phenomenological. Though this may seem quite a mouthful it is a down-to-earth approach which is about your experience and concerns rather than abstract theory. This approach views the human being from a relational rather than an isolated perspective. The problems and dilemmas presented in therapy are articulations of the various insecurities and anxieties of everyday living. Therapy is an exploration of the client's life on a day-to-day basis. Existential phenomenology endeavours to understand the way we come to construct our understanding of the world - our worldview- and challenges us to make the most of our lives by facing the choices that lie before us.
Existential phenomenology considers the problems we encounter as human beings not as indicators of a mental illness,or of derived symptoms that need to be removed, but rather as a consequence of the difficulties we face with living. It engages people in dialogue with the aim of describing , clarifying and exploring the meanings they maintain and how these impact and give shape to their current experience of being. This approach will challenge you to explore different ways of making sense of your experience and possibilities but will respect your way of understanding and living your life.
. This approach does not preclude me from learning from other approaches. Indeed I feel I have a moral obligation to be aware of what other approaches such as cognitive -behavioural therapies and psychodynamic therapies have to offer in order to serve my client to the best of my abilities.
I do not label, diagnose or pathologise my clients. I do not direct them on courses of action that are not of their choosing.
My role is to facilitate clients to make their own choices.
I have experience of working with the following presenting issues.
Abuse,Addictions,Alcohol misuse ,Adoption,Anger Management,Anxiety.
Bereavement,Bullying, Cancer, Cultural Issues,
Depression, General Counselling, Guilt,Shame
Career, work-related concerns..
Redundancy,Relationships, Self -esteem,Sexual identity, Self-development.
Stress, Trauma, Spirituality, Search for Meaning
OCD,Panic Attacks,Phobias,Physical Abuse,PTSD.
Sexuality, Shame , Stress.
THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES USED.
EXISTENTIAL, PHENOMENOLOGICAL, INTEGRATIVE, HUMANISTIC, CBT, SHORT-TERM SOLUTION-FOCUSSED.
If you any further questions or wish to make an initial appointment in StokeNewington or Holborn, please ring, text or email me.
Tel: 07890 207252
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