My beliefs about human development were shaped through my experience as a teacher and from studying Transactional Analysis as well as my interest in Positive Psychology.
My approach is based on the idea that we have numerous natural abilities, which when recognised, can be drawn upon to resolve the issues we face. As a coach and counsellor, I create conditions that assist people and organisations to develop in the direction of their choice. This involves identifying patterns that are emerging and exploring their uniqueness to the individual or organisation. This is where the opportunity for growth lies…
TA inspires me through its basic assumptions that people are O.K., they can think for themselves and are capable of change. I see the models that TA introduced into psychology as powerful metaphors that enable clients to restructure their experience in a meaningful way. However, psychological concepts do not entirely reflect our human reality and that is why modern TA emphasises the value of relationships in facilitating change. I incorporate TA into my client work by letting you be heard, witnessed and understood as a unique human being. Together, we co-create fresh stories that support your growth.
Discovering your flow
As a practitioner I aim to create a thinking space where it is possible for you to discover elements of your passion – and uncover your flow. The concept of flow was introduced by Positive Psychology through the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It is a 'state of mind when consciousness is harmoniously ordered, and people want to pursue whatever they are doing for its own sake' (Csikszentmihalyi, 2002). This experience brings us closer to our true selves. It is effortless because it is natural. There is no need to strive and yet it requires effort. We simply flow through the task with awareness of our strengths.
Flow means being you! I believe this is of paramount importance in the way we lead our lives. We need to know how we operate. We are not given an instruction on how to manage ourselves and we assume it should be according to the same principles we were taught in our formative years. Thus, finding your flow is about deepening your self-awareness. The result is you being who you are, not who others want you to be.
Knowing your state of flow and having the power to re-tell your story afresh is how you can experience life in all its colours.