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Emma Murray provides a safe and empathetic space for clients to explore their lives and feelings. Her approach is client-centred, meaning that she works collaboratively with her clients to identify and explore what matters to them – their hopes and goals as well as difficult feelings and experiences. She believes that clients know themselves best and that therapy can help them discover their own ways of processing, understanding and working with their experiences. Her approach is integrative, meaning that she may draw on a variety of theories and techniques, depending on the needs of her clients. Where appropriate, she may offer creative therapeutic elements, such as drawing, to help clients explore and express feelings. She may also draw on aspects of attachment theory as a way into exploring patterns of behaviour and ways of relating to people.
Emma’s background as a writer has given her an interest in human relationships and emotional states. It has also encouraged her to consider the questions life throws up around purpose and the search for meaning. She recognises the importance of these big questions to an individual’s sense of self and wellbeing. Through her work as an academic tutor, she has gained a sense of the issues that can affect people around stress, transitions, role changes, self-esteem, family and heightened emotions. She understands the difficulties in dealing with more extreme emotions and the seeming lack of control that can accompany them, as well as the need for release. She works to help identify ways of understanding and coping with these heightened emotional states, and of managing these in external relationships.
Emma is a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (her registration number is 374600). She works on an open-ended basis within The Awareness Centre’s low-cost counselling service in Clapham, and has recently completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.