What I can help with
I offer private counselling for people experiencing a wide variety of issues including:-
Bereavement, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Panic Attacks, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Stress, Alcohol misuse, Anger problems, Chronic Pain, Work-related problems, Eating Disorders, Abuse (psychological, emotional and physical) Relationship problems, Childhood issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self Esteem issues.
Loss and Grief Counselling
I am a specialist in loss and grief- which will often link with issues such as Anxiety and Depression. Grief is a natural response to loss. It's the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Most people associate grief with the death of a loved one but any loss can cause grief, including:
A relationship breakup
Death/ loss of a pet
Loss of health
Losing a job/ home
Loss of financial stability
A loved one's illness
Loss of friendship
Loss of safety after a trauma
How I work
My modality of working is Person-Centered integrative therapy whereby my clients are the most important part of therapy and developing trust and frame of reference is key. I integrate approaches from a number of sources to find tailored solutions that fit the particular needs of the person who comes to me for help and support.
The integrative approach also refers to the infusion of a person's personality and needs- integrating the affective, behavioural, cognitive and physiological systems within one person, as well as addressing social and spiritual aspects.
Essentially, integrative counsellors are not only concerned with what works, but why it works- tailoring therapy to their clients and not the client to therapy. In this way, there is freedom for the client to have the ability to find their own answers from within- instead of being told what to do.
I also offer creative forms of therapy whereby clients share, explore and think about their thoughts, feelings and ideas. This process of self-exploration can often yield surprising results, or uncover to us some feelings or thoughts we once thought we had forgotten, or in fact thoughts or feelings we did not know we had. Like the creative process in arts, music or writing, we open new parts of ourselves- thus growthful and insightful. (You don't need to be 'artistic' or 'creative' to benefit from this).
How Counselling works
I am passionate about developing a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients and have seen many times the importance this plays in the counselling process. Given a safe environment, many clients often find that counselling offers them, for the first time, the experience of talking about issues that they never expected to be able to discuss. Counselling enables you to be truly heard and accepted unconditionally without fear of being judged or criticised. This ultimately allows healing to take place and issues can then be worked through and resolved.
I see it as an honour to help people in this way and am always touched by the courage clients show when they enter into therapy, I am truly inspired by the resilience and power of the human spirit.
I offer online Counselling which can be carried out at a prearranged time using Zoom an online video conferencing software which allows us to have a private and confidential counselling session together without having to be in the same room. If you would like further information about online Counselling please contact me.