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Who I work with

With expertise in both child and adolescent therapy, as well as adults, I deeply comprehend how past experiences shape your present. My practice warmly welcomes adolescents from 14 years onward and adults of all ages. I bring extensive experience across diverse age groups, grounded in a comprehensive understanding of lifelong development.

Additionally, I possess a strong cultural awareness and embrace differences, making my practice open and inclusive for individuals from all backgrounds. I strive to create a supportive space where everyone feels heard and respected.

What happens during sessions

In our first session, we will speak about what brings you to therapy, what challenges you have been encountering, and what you are hoping to get out of therapy. 

We will begin exploring relevant past and present experiences to gain a better understanding of who you are, what might be causing your difficulties, and how therapy can help you with these. 

As we progress, regular check-ins will ensure we are on the right track. Feel free to voice any concerns; this way we make sure that the therapy is working for you.

Over the sessions, we will deepen our understanding of you and your experiences by exploring different perspectives and challenging some of your views. I believe that therapy is a collaborative endeavour and that you are the expert of your experiences - I am here to help you connect the dots, recognise unhelpful patterns, and start making changes that support you in your personal growth.

When working with you, I will provide you with a warm, non-judgmental, and confidential space in which you can unpack and explore your experiences openly with me. I place a particular emphasis on building a strong and trusting relationship as I believe that this is key to our work together. I hope that this way you feel safe to come as you are and work together towards your well-being.

My approach to counselling and psychotherapy

Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why I tailor my approach to suit your unique needs, drawing from a range of therapy techniques I have trained in. I firmly believe in the individuality of therapy — it should adapt to who you are and what you require.

Below, you can learn more about the therapeutic approaches that I use. 

 

Existential Therapy

Existential therapy focuses on fundamental aspects of human existence, including individual experiences, freedom, choice, responsibility, and the quest for life's meaning. It guides individuals in grappling with profound existential concerns like death, freedom, isolation, and the ultimate purpose of life.

Key components of existential therapy involve exploring these existential themes, emphasising personal responsibility, adopting a holistic approach to mental health, and placing immense value on the therapeutic relationship.

Ultimately, existential therapy aims to empower individuals to confront life's uncertainties, discover meaning within their experiences, and align their choices with their authentic selves.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy explores the depths of the unconscious mind, investigating how past experiences influence a person’s current experiences and relationships. It focuses on uncovering hidden patterns, unresolved conflicts, and early life relationships that shape one's current life.

Central to psychodynamic therapy is the exploration of attachment theory—a lens through which early relationships with caregivers shape one's sense of self and subsequent relationships. This approach explores unconscious processes, revealing deeper insights and connections between past experiences and present behaviours.

Through introspection and the therapeutic relationship, individuals gain self-awareness and understanding, fostering personal growth and lasting change.

Person-Centred Therapy

Person-centred therapy, rooted in empathy and unconditional positive regard, focuses on an individual's inherent capacity for personal growth and self-actualisation. It revolves around the belief that individuals have the inherent resources for resolving their problems within a supportive therapeutic environment.

This approach emphasises the importance of the client-therapist relationship, offering a non-judgmental, empathetic, and genuine atmosphere where clients feel heard and understood.

Person-centred therapy does not prescribe advice or interpretations but encourages clients to explore their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences, trusting their innate ability to navigate and find solutions that align with their authentic selves. Ultimately, it promotes self-discovery, self-acceptance, and a deeper understanding of oneself.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) integrates cognitive and behavioural techniques to address thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Traditional CBT, known as second-wave CBT, identifies and challenges negative thought patterns to modify behaviours and improve emotional well-being.

However, third-wave CBT approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), expand on traditional CBT methods. These approaches focus on mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, and exploring relational patterns.

In my practice, I integrate these approaches to tailor therapy according to individual needs, drawing from traditional CBT, ACT, CAT, and CFT techniques. By incorporating these third-wave strategies into CBT, I aim to provide a more holistic and flexible therapeutic experience for clients.

Consultation Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday both in-person and online. Wednesday online only.

  • Mon – Tue
    • 03:00 pm – 07:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    • 03:00 pm – 06:00 pm
  • Thursday
    • 03:00 pm – 07:00 pm
  • Fri – Sun
    • Closed

Fiona Kau - Meaning Matters Ltd.

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