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Growing Well - Counselling & Psychotherapy

Dannie Rosenhammer, Integrative Counsellor & Therapist

MA & Dip. Counselling, MBACP




You already possess everything necessary to be great.
(Crow proverb)

My approach to counselling and psychotherapy

There are literally hundreds of different types of therapy, too many (and too boring) to discuss here!  However, research shows that all these different approaches are quite similar in their effectiveness, and that the most important factors that determine the outcomes of therapy are:

  • the quality of relationship between the client and the counsellor, and

  • most importantly, the client and what s/he brings to the counselling/therapy*.

More specifically, research suggests that people have natural resources to overcome problems and difficult times, even without outside help, but that talking therapies often enable people to make positive changes faster and more effectively.  They can also help when a person feels 'stuck' with a particular issue.

My integrative approach means that I have training and experience of more than one approach and 'integrate' these into my own particular way of working.  I do this to offer clients a choice of how to deal with whatever they bring to the counselling - different things work for different people.  Often the process is led by the client and develops organically, but sometimes I will suggest a way of approaching an issue and then talk through with the client whether they might find this helpful.

In case you are interested in theoretical orientations, the way I work is primarily person-centred, existential and solution-focused.  When it seems a good fit for the problem or person, I might also use elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT) or the emotional freedom technique (EFT).

I have recently qualified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This is a structured therapy particular suited to alleviating trauma-related symptoms.


*Source: Cooper (2008) Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy