It is perfectly ok, and very wise, to seek support when you are having a tough time.
Counselling provides you with a safe space to explore your experiences without being judged.
It is a process that we work through together, so you don't need to know any answers in advance.
To have someone bear witness to your story and what is currently happening for you can be a transformative process.
Life can become overwhelming at times and talking things through with someone trained to support you can help you to make better sense of what is happening, and regain a sense of control and balance.
Counselling can help you to increase your self-confidence, and gain a sense of ownership of your life.
My core approach is Person-Centred and I work holistically.
If you can relate to the experience of your head saying one thing whilst your heart or gut says another, you may already appreciate the internal conflicts that we can experience within the different parts of ourselves.
I use aspects of different models of therapy to best suit each individual. This allows me to focus on helping you to strengthen your personal resources and resilience, and address the personal reasons that have brought you into counselling.
If you find it too intimidating to just sit and talk, I can also offer you more creative ways to explore what's happening for you. As children we play, dream, imagine and explore. Working creatively allows us to encompass all of these elements that the inhibitions and barriers of adulthood may have now blocked. Finding new ways to look at things and explore what they mean for us can be liberating.
There is no 'one size fits all' as our experiences are unique to us. How we work together will be tailored to suit your needs, and ultimately whatever you are most comfortable with.
The theme of self-care is ever-present in my work.
I can work with you to help you address your own needs, especially if you are somebody who is used to always looking after the needs of others.
I work with compassion and empathy and I support you to relate to yourself in this way, especially around issues of low self-esteem, self-criticism and shame.
Over the years, I have worked therapeutically with hundreds of different people experiencing many issues, including;
** No matter what you have been through, your experiences do not define who you are **
Please see my 'Qualifications & Training' page for further information about my professional training and experience.
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''Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love'' - Brene Brown