What is counselling?
Counselling provides caring, non-judgemental support in order to help clients move towards finding solutions to their problems.
I will draw on all my skills and experience in order to respond to the particular problems that you are facing.
There is potential in all of us. Potential to recover, and potential to find fulfilment. As soon as you start to talk and to share your feelings with someone who truly listens, the sharing of the problem can often provide an immediate relief.
Whether you are suffering from an addiction, an eating disorder, anxiety or depression, counselling can help you look at yourself… the real you behind the problem.
Is counselling for you?
Life presents us with many problems, often, we can deal with these on our own, but some issues are too complex, or too deeply rooted for an individual to cope with alone. Sometimes these difficulties are too awkward or embarrassing to be discussed with family or friends.
If you feel burdened by a problem you cannot solve or share, then professional counselling could be the answer.
The first step is to contact me. I am happy to talk to you about what you are looking for and what I can offer, this is an obligation free conversation.
If we decide to meet, we can think more about what is troubling you and how I can best help.
I have had many years of experience in helping people, both young and old, many with very serious problems. Together we can usually work through your painful feelings and fears.
What to expect
As a counsellor, I aim to support your own process with respect for your values, beliefs and sexual orientation.
The length of the process will depend on what you want to address or change in your life and how you wish to approach counselling.
I strongly recommend that you have a weekly session as this will yield the best results.
The type of therapy I offer is particularly effective with most clients since it allows the individual the time and space to explore the root causes of distress.
For the first few sessions, I mainly gather information. At this point, many clients often feel relieved simply to share their feelings and have a witness to their troubles.
When you feel comfortable enough, we can sit together and look at what is hurting. Some clients feel sad and troubled and they don’t know why, or cannot articulate their feelings out loud. If this is happening with you, I aim to help you become more aware of your feelings, so that you can put them into words. While focusing on what your life is like, we can explore the various ways ahead for you and build on your inner strengths.
If there are parts of your life that you do not wish to share or work with then I will respect that. It is only when past events are seriously affecting present circumstances that they need to be addressed.
As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I adhere to its ethical framework. I am also a qualified counselling supervisor and attend regular counselling supervision myself as required by my profession.
I have had specialist training and experience around addictions and their consequences, and I am able to work in an analytical way where we can build on your motivation and acknowledge the reasons you give to yourself for the problem you face. Many of my clients attend Alcoholics Anonymous and I have huge respect for its practice.