“Understanding is a two-way street.”
Since then, I have supervised and trained with many relationship experts including Kim Halford, John & Julie Gottman, Ester Perel, Sue Johnson, Stan Tatkin, Michael Yapko, Jeffrey Zeig and Irv Yalom.
This training specialisation has given me a deep understanding of Relationship Psychology, resulting in a very flexible and adaptive Couples Therapy approach.
Relationship strategies stem mostly from very practical, skills-based interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), Sex Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. More recently, I’ve been inspired by the dynamic approach and philosophy of Esther Perel; particularly her work on affairs and long-term intimacy problems.
My own Couples Therapy approach is specifically tailored to recognise each partners’ needs. First, overall relationship functionality is comprehensively assessed using both couple and solo interviews, plus comprehensive questionnaires.
These findings are then discussed with couples and related therapy goals are defined. Such goals may include relationship growth and enhancement strategies, sex therapy or possibly help to seperate kindly and respectfully.
To facilitate and maintain your therapy goals, in-between sessions, home tasks, exercises, reading material, apps, and podcasts are usually suggested.
Importantly, I bring more than 25 years’ experience of volunteering, working and training in the specialised field of diverse sexuality and gender; with Straight, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer clients.
This has given me a deep respect and understanding of diversity within and across many varied couples and families.