I offer a gentle, supportive and respectful approach and aim that you, as my client, should always feel that you are in a safe, confidential, warm, non-judgemental environment where you can share and explore your thoughts and feelings. I work in an integrative way, which means I don't take a one stance approach, but incorporate different tools and techniques that I feel best suits your individual needs.
The power of being truly heard, without being judged, can be immensely powerful and a foundation upon which positive changes can take place. Many of us experience emotional difficulties in our lives and we often have painful memories from the past, problems in the present and worries about the future. Counselling can help with these feelings and assist with new coping mechanisms, build greater confidence and nurture healthier, more positive, rational thoughts.
Do you struggle with any of the following?
Abuse - Addiction - Anger - Anxiety - Bereavement - Depression - Disability - Faith - Illness - Loss - Low self-confidence - Low self-esteem - PTSD - Relationship issues - Stress - Trauma - Work problems
All of these issues, and many more, have an emotional aspect and can be helped by counselling. Counselling can take time and commitment but can hugely help many people. A non-directive approach can allow you the space to untangle thoughts and process new insights, enabling change. It is often our thoughts that disturb us, not the situation. Teaching your brain an alternative way of dealing with issues can give you back the control and freedom you deserve.
I also offer both Couples Counselling and Connected Counselling. With Couples Counselling you will work with me alone, directly as a couple. In Connected Counselling each partner or family member is paired with their own individual counsellor, so you can both enjoy the benefits of two successful counselling methods. These are combined to create a flexible and powerful approach that can help you understand, build and repair your relationship with a loved one. Throughout the process we will ensure your needs are understood and your voice is heard, as we simultaneously work with each partner individually, and eventually together, towards a common goal.
As a qualified clinical hypnotherapist, by using guided visualisation, where you are in a deeply relaxed state and in complete control at all times, this can be an especially effective way to work with phobias as well as many other issues. If this is something you would like more information about please don't hesitate to get in touch and I will be happy to talk you through any preconceived misconceptions.
I suggest to all prospective clients that we have an initial consultation to provide the opportunity to decide whether we wish to work together. I do not offer a limited number of sessions, but work very individually with each client, assessing their needs and progress as we go along, including new approaches and techniques, if and when appropriate, for as long as is needed. Each session lasts for 50 minutes, usually meeting on a weekly basis at a similar time each week. The sessions are private and all information you share with me is kept confidential. There are some very rare exceptions when confidentiality needs to be breached, for example, if there is risk of serious harm either to yourself or another. However, where possible, this would only happen after discussion with you.
In line with the associations I am registered with, I am required to have regular supervision to ensure I am working ethically. Supervision ensures that a counsellor's practice is regularly reviewed and monitored. Some aspects of your counselling may be discussed anonymously and confidentially which gives opportunity for a different perspective.
"Eventually you'll end up where you need to be, with who you're meant to be with, and doing what you should be doing."