My name is Pamela Port and I was born in South Africa but have been living in the UK for the past 20 years. I use to work in a business environment before developing my passion as a counsellor/psychotherapist. I spent years retraining and have now done a Masters (MA) in Integrative Counselling and BSc (Hons) Psychology plus a Foundation and Diploma Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. I am a Practitioner in working with Eating Disorders and have also trained in Addictions. As part of my continued professional development, I have done further training in working with trauma, borderline psychopathology, mindfulness, self-harm, anxiety and depression. I am also very interested in working with relational issues as we are usually shaped by our early experiences of attachment.
We have a tendency to reenact some of these early experience of attachments in our adult relationships. The therapeutic relationship is a useful vehicle to help gain a deeper understanding of 'who we are' in our relationships. There is a lot of evidence to support the notion that the most effective therapy is based on the therapeutic relationship rather than a specific model. I believe every person is unique so an Integrative approach seems the most effective approach in terms of being able to meet the individuals needs. Another area of particular interest is working with Personality Disorders specifically Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
I take an eclectic approach to therapy as I believe different therapeutic models work for different people. The Humanistic Integrative Approach incorporates a variety of therapeutic models from Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.