Counselling Approach

Theoretical Orientation

Some of you may wish to know the details of my theoretical orientation. A theoretical orientation is a model or framework that a counsellor uses to guide and inform her or his work.

At its heart, my work is relational, experiential, and emotion-focused. I draw on Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (Fosha, 2000), which incorporates experiential interventions and psychodynamic theory, and also integrates theory, models, and research on human development and attachment; advances in emotion and interpersonal neuroscience; and transformational studies (Prenn, 2011). Tailored uniquely to each client, I incorporate interventions drawn from CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), and IPT (Interpersonal Therapy) because these models have demonstrated efficacy and/or effectiveness for certain issues. I am a believer in employing modalities that have an evidence base, and I strive to keep abreast of the wide range of emerging and evolving quantitative and qualitative evidence on effective counselling and psychotherapy.  Given the growing body of evidence that the quality of the therapy relationship is linked to counselling success (Flückiger et al., 2012), I attend carefully to developing safe and strong relationships with clients.

Read about my education, training, and more about the counselling process.

Learn more topics Dr. Meris Williams covers in her practice.Counselling Topics
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