What is Counselling?
Counselling is a process whereby various issues can be worked through in a safe,
confidential and non-judgemental setting. As your counsellor, I will work alongside you,
exploring your feelings, thoughts, behaviours, emotions, and past and present experiences - helping you to gain more personal awareness and insight.
How do I work?
My core approach comes from a humanistic base focusing on the relationship between myself and you as my client. I strongly believe that providing a confidential, non judgemental, safe and empathic environment will enable you to explore your predicament at your own pace without feeling rushed or pressured. I believe that therapy needs to fit with the needs of the client therefore, I integrate different approaches based on individual need. I believe that integrating different approaches can help clients move forward and develop in a way that suits their needs. I work with my clients best interests at heart and I believe that the client knows what is best for them and what feels right. Empowering clients to make their own decisions and choices is a key part of my work. I also work in creative ways using art, movement, music and sand tray if the client finds this beneficial.
How can I help?
You may be experiencing any number of difficulties from work stress, grief, difficulties in current relationships or painful feelings about relationships lost. Perhaps you are overwhelmed by previous events in your life or you feel stuck with something that is going on for you now. Talking about your current situation can help to heal wounds, old and new - and being heard, empowered and understood can help you to process the feelings you may have held inside or tried to bury. The therapeutic process can help you to identify patterns of behaviour and can provide a different perspective on a challenging situation. It can assist you in handling painful emotions that arise from situations that you are not in a position to change. It can also encourage you to utilise and consider options for those situations that can be changed.
How do I know you are the right counsellor for me?
Our first session together will be an assessment session. At this session I will gather some background information and discuss your expectations, together with any areas that you would like to work on. The assessment session also gives you the opportunity to ask me questions about anything you may be unsure of. We can then both decide if we feel we can work together.