Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk in a private setting about feelings and issues that you are encountering in your life. Often the reasons you wish to attend counselling can be difficult or upsetting, and it can be very helpful to find a safe place to explore them more fully. While friends and family can offer an invaluable support during challenging periods in your life, a counsellor is a trained professional, able to bring their listening skills, experience and therapeutic theory to the counselling room.
Some people choose to come to counselling because of a specific incident, difficulty or issue. For others, it may be more a feeling of dissatisfaction with life or a lack of direction or purpose that makes them consider counselling. Whatever leads you to seek therapy, we can explore together whether counselling can be of use to you.
I base my practice on an integrative perspective rooted in my original counselling training in the Person Centred Approach. This puts you, the client, at the centre of the work we do together and my response is tailored to you. I will offer you a therapeutic relationship where you will be met with warmth, honesty and a genuine commitment to understanding you. My role is not to judge you, tell you what to do or give you advice. I believe you are the expert in your own life and that no one theory or therapeutic intervention is appropriate for every individual. I trust that in working together, at your pace, we can gain access to your own internal resources.
Working in this way can help give you the freedom to see things more clearly, to gain new perspectives and to develop a deeper self-awareness and understanding. This provides an opening to make the choices or changes which are right for you.
I offer face to face counselling but am happy also to offer telephone or online counselling dependant on individual need.