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An evidence-based approach to person-centred therapy, tailored for you

With an evidence-based approach when providing counselling and psychotherapy, I believe ‘we’re all different’. Each individual is unique, which is why I tailor the approach to your specific needs and issues. I draw upon many therapy approaches and adapt the appropropriate concepts for each person.

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My methodology is person-centred- (is being used as a foundational methods in each session) which involves:

1. Empathic understanding: the counsellor tries to understand the client’s point of view.

2. Congruence: the counsellor is a genuine person.

3. Unconditional positive regard: the counsellor is non-judgemental.

Applying person-centred therapy can lead to improved self-awareness, improved self-concept (the way you see yourself), and greater trust in oneself and one’s abilities.

Therapeutic Approaches

Person-centred approach

The Person-centred approach is a foundational method in each session. An empathic understanding of my client’s point of view is at the forefront of this approach. I bring to clients my own genuine self, always with a non-judgemental approach. The use of person-centred therapy can lead to improved self-awareness, and greater trust in oneself and one’s abilities.


Trauma informed therapy

Recent advances in brain science, attachment theory and body awareness are integrated to free trauma survivors from the tyranny of the past. These new paths to recovery activate the brain’s natural neuroplasticity, offering experiences that directly counteract the helplessness and invisibility associated with trauma, enabling both adults and children to reclaim ownership of their bodies and their lives.


Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy – MBCT

MBCT helps individuals consciously, and without judgment, to pay attention to their thoughts and feelings. Various techniques and exercises may be accessed to help individuals develop beneficial habits and cultivate a more constructive outlook on life.

These may include Meditation, Mindfulness practices, Mindfulness stretching and Yoga.

Meditation

Individuals can practice guided or self-directed meditation to improve their understanding of their body, thoughts, and breathing. For example a body scan exercise involves lying down and focusing on different body parts, starting from the toes and moving up to the head. This allows individuals to develop awareness and appreciation for their physical self.

Mindfulness practices

Mindfulness involves becoming more aware of the present moment. It can be practised during meditation, and individuals can also incorporate these practices into daily life to help cultivate a more constructive mindset.

Mindfulness stretching

This involves stretching mindfully to bring awareness to both the body and mind. By practising this exercise, individuals can develop a sense of control

over their bodies, leading to a more constructive relationship with their physical selves.

Yoga

By practising yoga and mindful stretching, individuals can develop a constructive relationship with their bodies, improving physical and mental health.

In addition to patients discussing their problems, somatic therapists guide individuals to focus on the physical sensations underlying their issues. The therapy may include mind-body exercises such as breathwork, meditation, visualisation, grounding, dance, and/or sensation awareness work.

Learning to regulate emotions is a central part of DBT which provides skills to manage emotions instead of being controlled by them. It reduces vulnerability to negative emotions and builds positive emotional experiences.

Emotions are valid, meaningful, and natural. However, because they cause so much pain and often make us feel out of control, they must be managed. Part of this management process is recognising, validating and accepting these emotions as real and meaningful.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a structured and time-limited psychological approach to addressing relationship issues. It aims to help you understand the

connection between your mental health and interpersonal difficulties, and seeks to bring about change by modifying your interpersonal relationships.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), focuses on accepting what is beyond your control and committing to taking action. Rather than struggling with your current internal situation, ACT encourages you to take control of your life, including your pain, insecurities, and worries, by taking actions that align with your personal values and priorities.

ACT aims to help you identify what is important to you and what you want to achieve in your life by answering questions such as: What do you hold dear to your heart? What are your aspirations? Who do you want to become? Do you want to make a difference, and if so, how? The ultimate goal of ACT is to help you develop psychological flexibility through the use of several strategies, including acceptance, diffusion, living in the present moment, understanding your ‘observing self’, values and committed action.

Issues I work with

I specialise in a range of issues such as depression, trauma and life balance.

  • Addressing your fears,
  • anxieties and concerns
  • Depression
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Significant life changes
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Exploring effective strategies and options
  • Meeting your needs and reaching goals
  • Seeking personal insight, peace and clarity

About Asnat Meretz

Asnat is a skilled educator and spiritual leader with over 24 years of experience. She specialises in special education for diverse cultures. Working with kids, families, support educators & women.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Services are being offered by Asnat while using integrative Psychotherapy. Understand that The mind and body are deeply connected, and we must acknowledge their holistic integration with the attention to evidence-based approaches when providing counselling & psychotherapy therapy.

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