Lesley Anne Grew
UKCP registered psychotherapist & UKCP approved clinical supervisor
There are many theoretical approaches. I work in a person-centred, integrative and multi-modal way, drawing on approaches from a broad range that can be brought together in ways to suit the individual needs and preferences of clients.
As a basis for my work, I draw on the principles and values of the person-centred approach. This approach (which is also known as client-centred) is really a way of being, and is based on the belief that the client knows himself or herself best, and that by offering the client empathic understanding and acceptance, and by being genuine, the therapist can provide a safe and supportive climate that helps the client to come to a deeper self-understanding and to get in touch with his or her own unique potential.
Other approaches or elements of other approaches may be integrated as appropriate, and as clients choose. These include psychodynamic ones, which give focus to the influence of our past experiences and of unconscious aspects of ourselves; cognitive and behavioural ones (including CBT), which give focus to the influence of our current thoughts and actions on how we feel; and the Ericksonian approach, NLP psychotherapy, and other solution-focused approaches, which place emphasis on our inner strengths and resources, and how these can help us to make beneficial change.
If clients wish, relaxation, mindfulness, basic meditation, visualisation and imagery techniques can also be integrated.
clinical hypnotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy - In addition to general counselling and psychotherapy, I am trained in hypnotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy, which is the term formally endorsed by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) in 1997 as 'the branch of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis'. In hypno-psychotherapy, hypnosis can be used to facilitate an appropriate psychotherapeutic approach.
The field of hypnotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy offers many insights into our behaviour and ways in which we can bring about therapeutic change, and these can be explored, integrated with other approaches and utilised in sessions without the need for hypnotherapy as such to be used. However, some clients like to incorporate hypnotherapy, or elements of it, such as learning self-hypnosis skills, in their therapy or personal development.
For those who do wish to include it, it can help to achieve positive results in many areas. It's useful to know that, used as a therapy, hypnosis is very different from stage show hypnosis. It's akin to the naturally occurring, subtly different states of mind or awareness that we all move in and out of in our normal daily lives, eg when we are engrossed in a book, film or television, or when we are daydreaming or drifting off to sleep. Generally speaking, during the hypnosis session, the client is invited to relax in an armchair or couch, and is then guided into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. In this relaxed state, the mind is usually more open to the process of change, and client and therapist can safely work together, using an agreed approach, to enhance mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
While in hypnosis, the client is still generally aware of his or her surroundings and can choose to come out of hypnosis at any time.
At the end of the hypnosis session, the client will be gently returned to the normal waking state. Most new clients are surprised at how far away the reality of hypnotherapy is from any prior expectation of 'mind control', and find the experience deeply relaxing.
person-centred art therapy - I am also trained in person-centred art therapy, which is a form of counselling that brings the person-centred facilitative approach to working with clients' images expressed in art form. It has a wide range of applications, and some clients like to incorporate this in their sessions, or even use it as a sole approach.