As a counsellor Emily Davis integrates several approaches to best suit the issues the clients bring into the therapy room, specifically the person-centred, cognitive, psychodynamic and existential approaches, which she integrates in a relational way. She is working towards a BACP accredited diploma in integrative counselling, and also has individual BACP membership. She currently works within the NHS with short-term patients at a GP surgery in Lambeth.
Emily aims to provide a genuinely empathic, valuing, and caring relationship in which trust is built, in order to help clients feel they can open up and explore their issues deeply. Counselling can help clients process and heal difficult or painful feelings while increasing their feelings of well-being, and it can also help clients to grow and realise their full potential and live more meaningful, fulfilling and empowered lives. Emily believes that ultimately clients are the experts on themselves, so she offers rather than imposes approaches to different clients at different times, for example a cognitive technique for managing anxiety, a psychodynamic perspective on relationship patterns, or simply compassionate understanding for a client’s experience of loss.
Also Emily has a particular interest in how our experiences of social difference and similarity impact us emotionally, and has completed a degree in Sociology and worked in different sectors with diverse groups of people. Our experiences of gender, ethnicity, class, religion, ability, sexuality, age, and other characteristics, can emotionally impact our lives both positively such as in feelings of meaning, belonging and pride, but also negatively such as in feelings of blame, shame, guilt or trauma. Therefore Emily believes it may be helpful to acknowledge these experiences in counselling, and to non-judgementally help clients to explore their feelings about them.