I am an experienced counsellor who can offer you a calm, safe space to help you deal with difficult situations or past events. As a person-centred counsellor, I will listen properly, without judgement or criticism. I won't 'diagnose' you or a 'condition'. I won't try to tell you 'what you have been doing wrong' or 'what you should do next'.
All of us face difficulties at some time in our lives. We might find ourselves:
•experiencing powerful emotions like grief or anger, and finding it hard to deal with them;
•having problems with a relationship and uncertain how to handle it;
•feeling anxious, overwhelmed or despondent, and unable to cope with situations at home or at work;
•unsettled by a change in our lives and unsure of how to adjust.
Even if you have someone you are close enough to, it can be hard to talk to a relative or friend about the problems you are having. A professionally trained, impartial person may be able to help.
As you experience respect and understanding, and we develop a deeper level of trust, this will help you to express more of your thoughts and feelings - the real you. The more you do that, the better understanding you will have of yourself. That understanding can lead to acceptance of yourself, and others, and give you the means to make changes or take decisions to help you resolve, or come to terms with, life's events.
I believe that, in the end, the best responses to the situations life throws up come from the people facing them. The only 'right answer' is the one that you accept is right for you.
CALM (Counselling and Life Management)
I'm a qualified Integrative Counsellor. This is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies as there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations.
I am also trained to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (C.B.T) which can be useful for treating specific issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management and Negative Thought Patterns.
I have considerable experience (11 years) working with both Adults, Children (AGE 10 to 18) and Family Mediation at home, in private practice or within a school setting.
I offer a service that is confidential caring and compassionate. I use a range of therapeutic techniques that ensure your sessions are tailored to your needs. I will listen and help you explore what is worrying you. We will work together at your pace and explore possibilities for change.
Within these roles I have worked with a wide range of challenges which include Low Self Esteem, Stress Bereavement and Loss, Depression, Self Harm O.C.D Bullying, Relationship Issues, Emotional Abuse, amongst others. For you to feel heard and valued in the therapeutic relationship is very important to me. Long lasting solutions can be achieved by making small positive changes to enable you to enhance the quality of your life.