Karen Potter
Psychotherapy & Mentoring
Lismore, NSW

Therapeutic Approach

The Therapeutic Relationship

The therapeutic relationship is between the therapist and client and is the foundation of Karen’s practice.  She offers her capacity to listen deeply and be present with both patience and compassion.  Furthermore, all aspects of a person are welcomed and met with acceptance and sensitivity within a safe and trusting environment. Additionally, Karen aligns herself with more relational and insight-orientated styles of therapy as outlined below…

Perinatal, infant-parent, child, adolescent and parenting

In these areas of counselling, Karen combines attachment and developmental theories within a psychodynamic approach. However, when needed strategies or practices will be discussed.  These may include mindfulness, self-exploration, parenting, cognitive-behavioural and nature-based strategies. In addition, Karen provides support, education and information. 

When Karen meets with children she uses play and drawing to understand their inner world. She also talks to them about their life and the things that trouble them.  With adolescents, Karen begins by meeting with parents/caregivers to gain a detailed understanding of their concerns and the current circumstances as well as obtain a developmental history. This helps her to understand the family and broader context of the child’s life. 

In the area of psychology discussions, you may have come across the term ‘Attachment Theory’. This theory is used to understand the relationship pattern of infants to their primary parent/caregiver.  Predominantly, it is used when working with infants, children, and parents. However, it is also thought about to understand the relationship style of adults.  Karen has a thorough understanding of attachment theory and uses this knowledge in her work with all clients.

Individual and couples psychotherapy

The main approach when working with individuals and couples is psychodynamic. This involves exploring issues, experiences and relationships more deeply. The aim of this work is to develop greater awareness and insight into the self. It is a  process that fosters a deeper and broader understanding of ones inner world and relationship patterns. In order to assist and support this process, practices and strategies may be identified. 

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