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ABOUT COUNSELLING

I believe that to achieve our full potential and happiness in life, we need to know and be true to our authentic self.  There are points in our lives when for any number of reasons this may not be possible and can result in feelings such as unhappiness, low self-esteem or a lack of motivation, leaving us feeling our life is off track.  This is where counselling can help.  In client centred therapy, the therapist listens to the client empathically and without judgement, developing rapport and trust to create a therapeutic relationship.  It is in this safe environment where the client can begin to understand and accept themselves for who they are.  In turn this can empower the client to feel able to make informed decisions about their choices and the life changes they wish to make.  I am committed to working in this way with my clients.

 

I am trained in the Humanistic and Integrative Counselling approach.  This means that as well as a commitment to developing a therapeutic relationship I have knowledge of other models that I can use to develop a client centred approach.  An aspect of this is I believe in how past life experiences can affect how we respond to current life situations.  This tends to be longer term work, and only when client feels it is safe and comfortable to do so.

 

I offer generic counselling covering a wide range of issues to individuals. These include bereavement and loss which also includes grieving the death of a pet, stress and depression, relationship issues, low self-esteem, trust issues, gender dysphoria and trans gender issues; as well as support with health and life changing events.

 

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and are held weekly.  I can offer short term work and this is usually 6 – 8 sessions and is committed to with a central focus in mind.  Long term work continues for as long as the client and therapist feel it is beneficial.

 

All my counselling is regulated and governed by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change”.
 
– Carl Rogers