Josef Greenfield - Counselling Psychologist
CPsychol, MSc, PGDip, PGCE, GCLCM, BScHons Psychology
Available for appointments Online via Skype Counselling.
Works With All Age Groups
As a practitioner who specialises in counselling psychology, my central motivation is to work with clients in a relationship which is caring, sensitive and clear. I have found that people who come to therapy implicitly know what is right for them but currently overwhelmed by the conditions that are wrong. I have a humanistic approach which centres on offering the right conditions for growth through emotional distress. Change will involve increasing understanding alongside behavioural change, reconfiguring outlooks and assumptions and even addressing our self, more compassionately.
As a counselling psychologist I approach each client with a sense of vibrancy and enthusiasm and use what is called an integrative framework to understand client needs. This means I am trained in different therapeutic approaches and apply different types of psychological understanding to the different types of problems and presentations people bring. Psychological thinking always involves understanding causes and consequences. For example, I have found that people like to improve understanding the effects of their family history, their relationships and key life experiences. Frequently important, people need to understand patterns of thinking and approaches to solving problems as well as to discover underlying meanings and motivations. Life difficulties and problems often overwhelm all of us and prevent clarity. All the integrative elements in the therapy style I use combine to offer a holistic, integrated and dynamic understanding of experience and life.
I am also fully experienced and accredited as a CBT therapist. Cognitive behavioural therapy involves a straight-forward ‘system’ to both understand experience and make relevant changes within this system or ‘model’ of understanding. CBT focusses on actively empowering people, achieved by reaching specific goals agreed in therapy.
I have always had a fascination for understanding difficulties and working through problems for myself and with other people. Working as a therapist is demanding; it requires immense focus and commitment to an interaction with a person. Yet talking therapy is also a privilege as there is an immense reward to offer something constructive and contribute to helpfulness in the world. I see this as a responsibility, a challenge and a vocation, so motivation to work with people is never a difficulty. The main issue is about choosing how much work is possible!
I have been a musician and musical educator for many years. Mainly working with disadvantaged children, those excluded from mainstream education and looked after children I have completed numerous dance and musical performance outcomes and through digital media with a CD outcome, created opportunities for musical expression (raps, songs etc) literally facilitating people to musically ‘tell stories.’ This led me to the brink of therapeutic interactions. Becoming more interested in this realm, I decided to solidify this by following up on a BSc psychology degree by training as a counselling psychologist, completing my study in the University of Roehampton, 2010. I have worked in the NHS for a few years, a London Russell Group University and also an international school in Malaysia, working in an international environment of a predominantly Muslim culture. In the last three years I have specialised in remote working with people (telephone, video etc) as I live with my family in a remote area. I hope to bring broad mindedness, some humour at times and a sense of opening and increasing possibilities to my work with clients.
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