Making the step to find a counsellor and ask for help is a positive one.
A professional counsellor provides you with a confidential space to be heard, experience relief, and gain awareness, helping you find meaning and put the pieces of your story together. Counselling is also about celebrating your strengths and developing self-compassion.
Depression, low mood
Anxiety, panic attacks and phobias
Relational and developmental Trauma
Family and parenting Issues
Affairs and betrayals
Gender Sexuality Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
Work related stress
Grief and loss
Low self-esteem and self-confidence
Negative and obsessional thinking and behaviors
Feeling numb, frozen and out of touch with your emotions
Feeling stuck and/or confused
People come to therapy for many reasons including anxiety, loss, anger or low confidence. Others may be experiencing relationship difficulties, or wish to better understand themselves and why they think, feel and behave as they do.
Not everybody who comes for counselling has a specific problem. Sometimes people want to explore a general feeling that their lives are not quite right; to develop a purpose, and to learn how to make conscious and more authentic choices and decisions for themselves.
You may wish to engage in a short term piece of counselling or on a longer, more in-depth presenting issue. Regularity is important and appointments are provided weekly. Please note that the amount of time required and the depth of change will depend on the circumstances you have encountered.
The aim of my therapeutic work is to support you in:
· fully understanding what your current issues are,
· identifying what you would like instead,
· planning how to make this happen,
· making the changes,
· living a happier and more fulfilled life.
Counselling is confidential except in exceptional circumstances, which will be explained to you in the initial meeting.
Sometimes talking to a friend can be helpful and I will often encourage clients to use their family and friends. However, there are some disadvantages to using friends as your only confidants and support.
Friends and family could feel a conflict of loyalty and find it hard to keep things confidential. They may become upset themselves by what you are telling them and could become upset if you don’t accept their advice.
My training means that I have formal support and a work structure which helps me to deal with upsetting and difficult situations; friends may begin to feel overburdened, especially if they have their own problems too.