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COUNSELLING

Sometimes life doesn't flow the way we planned or expected.

Significant changes happen, we lose loved ones, we grieve, we may face difficult decisions, chronic illness, trauma, relationship struggles and pressure from work/family.

 

You may feel overwhelmed or unable to cope with these challenging times and you may feel you have to carry your burden in silence.

Talking to a professional counsellor encourages you to explore and understand your feelings, your needs, process your emotions and gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

We can work together to gain perspective and to find coping strategies and different ways which will help you to move forwards in your life.  

You may be feeling low, anxious, frightened, trapped, angry or confused. You may be struggling with attachment issues, guilt or the weight of responsibility for others.

 

Finding a safe place to talk can really make a difference and help you to make sense of what is happening in your life, learn more about yourself and to make decisions regarding what is important to you.

Please feel free to get in touch for a chat, without obligation, to see if I can help you.

HOW I WORK

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, EACH WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. EVERY THERAPEUTIC ENCOUNTER IS UNIQUE AND THERE IS NO 'ONE SIZE FITS ALL'. I OFFER AN INTEGRATIVE STYLE OF THERAPY, DRAWING ON TECHNIQUES FROM A VARIETY OF THERAPEUTIC MODELS, TAILORED ALWAYS TO SUIT YOU AND TO MEET YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CLIENT AND COUNSELLOR IS CONSIDERED THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THERAPY AND THEREFORE CHOOSING SOMEONE WHO FEELS RIGHT FOR YOU, WHERE YOU ARE ABLE TO EXPRESS YOURSELF HONESTLY AND OPENLY IS CRITICAL.

I ADOPT A PERSON-CENTRED APPROACH WHICH MEANS I AM COMMITTED TO BUILDING A GENUINE, RESPECTFUL AND TRUSTING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. I CANNOT SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS FOR YOU, BUT I WILL STAY ALONGSIDE YOU AS YOU EXPLORE YOUR SITUATION, BRINGING AWARENESS AND INSIGHT TO YOUR ISSUES AND WAYS OF DEALING WITH THEM. I WILL SUPPORT YOU IN FINDING YOUR OWN SOLUTIONS, DEVELOPING COPING STRATEGIES AND INITIATING POSITIVE CHANGE THAT CAN LEAD TO A MORE FULFILLED WAY OF LIFE.   

 

 I WILL GENTLY CHALLENGE LEARNED BEHAVIOURS, HELP YOU TO DISCOVER YOUR INNER RESOURCES, YOUR STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE AND, WHERE APPROPRIATE, OFFER MINDFULNESS AND FOCUSING TECHNIQUES THAT CAN HELP TO EASE STRESS, ANXIETY, PANIC AND PROMOTE SELF-COMPASSION. I AM ALSO TRAINED IN, AND MAY USE CREATIVE FORMS OF COUNSELLING FOR EXAMPLE ART AND VISUALISATION.