My way of working is largely humanistic, with at its core Rogers’ Person Centred Counselling. Unconditional Positive Regard, Empathy and Congruence are the pillars of this approach. On this basis I do integrate other therapeutic visions, in particular Gestalt Therapy and Existential Counselling. The use of creative ideas and materials comes from my experience as a Steiner School teacher and former musician; Systemic Therapy and Mindfulness are not only used in my practice but are part of my personal development. Other approaches include Transactional Analysis, Solution Focused Approaches and Third Wave CBT.
I believe that every individual is unique, therefore I use diverse techniques to meet each client’s needs in a flexible way. From talking therapies to more artistic techniques, clients have the possibility to explore their issues at their own pace. A holistic vision of the human being informs my practice, and I believe that our difficulties in life can always be seen from different perspectives: our inner development, external causes, our family dynamics, our biography, our attachment style and the way we form relations. Counselling facilitates inner processing and helps clients to find their own healing strengths.
Why New Consonance Counselling?
As a musician, I like to use musical metaphors related to life. If you have ever sung or played in a group, you know that sometimes people hit “the wrong notes”. These are called dissonances and are uncomfortable presences that don’t fit with the general harmony. Problems and difficulties in life can equally be seen as dissonances, and some of them can last for a very long time.
In a music group (i.e a choir) the dissonance is usually absorbed and transformed by the strength of the singing harmony: the “wrong note” becomes harmonic and pleasant again and a new consonance is formed. In the same way difficulties of various size and length come into our lives and we need to deal with them, process and transform them into positive steps towards our future. Making sense of our lives, healing our inner child, finding motivation, being heard, accepting and loving ourselves, they are all Consonances we aspire to.