My name is Samantha Strahan and I am a qualified professional counsellor. My passion lies in creating a sacred, professional space where I can facilitate healing, growth and inner abundance so that my client's can find the change they are looking for within themselves. I am committed to the wellbeing of my client's and show unconditional positive regard, empathy, and understanding. Personal experiences, academic study and the understanding and knowledge of human complexities have led me on the path of assisting others suffering from pain.
I practice Person-Centered Counselling essentially and take on some of the philosophies and techniques of Gestalt therapy, Brief therapy and CBT therapy. I love the concept of treating the whole of a person in its complexities to gain an overall ‘better you’. Underpinning Person-Centered Counselling – is the belief that in setting the right conditions and environment people will find the desired changes within to reach the heights of actualisation.
I offer a professional, private room for your counselling experience as well as online and Walk & Talk therapy. You will leave knowing that you can share your deepest thoughts, emotions and feelings and this space is non-judged and respected at all times. I can also tailor treatment plans to suit your current needs and goals so that you will be able to achieve your desired outcomes. This space is non-judgemental, private and confidential (within the limitations of client safety).
What is Person-Centered Therapy?
Person-Centered therapy is a non-authoritative counselling approach that allows clients to take the lead in the therapeutic process, ultimately discovering their solutions. The therapist is seen as an empathetic and compassionate facilitator, listening to the client without judgment and validating and acknowledging the client's individual experience without directing the conversation. Person-Centered therapy supports and encourage clients and guides the therapeutic process making ensuring not to interfere with the client’s process of self-discovery.
Who would benefit from seeing a Person-Centered Therapist?
Are you someone who is looking to gain more self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity, or being a voice or an advocate for yourself? Are you looking to build healthy interpersonal relationships? This counselling approach can also assist clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, grief, stress or abuse. Did you know that clients that are motivated to change their lives are also more likely to succeed in doing so?
What makes this approach to therapy different?
Person-Centered therapy is notably different from traditional approaches. Rather than the therapist coming from a position of authority, the therapist attempts to find common ground, or rather they present themselves on an equal level as the client. For the therapist to establish trust and for this approach to be effective, the therapist must not present themselves as having all the answers; nor that they see the client as a ‘disorder’ or having ‘something wrong with them.’ As Carl Rogers often noted, he saw every client as a person, not as a diagnosis.
"As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves." – Carl Rogers
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