To schedule your first appointment, you may contact me via phone or email. I respond to enquiries usually within 24 hours.
Eric Blencowe, The Ferns, 3 Grove Road, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2BJ
Counselling isn't about giving advice or me telling you what to do. It's about exploring your thoughts and feelings about your issues and concerns and, with the awareness that this creates, having an opportunity to help you discover how to move forward in life with this new knowledge.
Integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative counsellors take the view that there is no single approach that can treat you in all situations. This gives more choice of how you want to look at your issues and creates flexibility to tailor therapies to your individual needs and aspirations.
I tend to employ what is known as “person-centred” therapy, which involves attuning to you, listening to you, and reflecting back to you what I have heard. I may find patterns in what you bring, of which you may or may not be aware. In this way I employ what is known as a “psychodynamic” approach. I have found that, when I observe such patterns, you can move forward towards greater awareness of your own situation. Through awareness can often come a peaceful acceptance of your difficulties, and a way forward for you which will allow you to live with lessened or managed anxiety.
As with most therapies, for the therapy to be effective, it is vital to focus on what happens in the relationship between you and me in the therapy room. Research shows that the relationship with your therapist or counsellor is as important as the actual method they use.