Counselling

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Gain relief from what you are 'holding' inside

We ALL struggle at times


It is perfectly ok, and often very wise, to seek support when we are having a tough time.


Counselling offers you a safe space to explore your experiences without being judged.  

Working with me is more than just talking about your thoughts and feelings as this analysis alone will not provide you with therapeutic benefit. 


It is your immediate experience that counts.


Counselling addresses the difficulties you are currently experiencing in your life, and acknowledges that past experience can unconsciously impact on our present. 


In order to cope with difficult times in our lives, we can repress uncomfortable feelings. Talking to an appropriately trained counsellor gives us the chance to gain some relief from what we have unconsciously minimised, or buried inside, by safely discovering and expressing how we may really be feeling.


Counselling can help you to recognise and effectively address your inner critic. Excessive self-criticism can be toxic and keep us trapped in a depressed or anxious place.


Together, we can help you to make sense of what your experiences mean to you, validate how the different 'parts' of you maybe feeling, address internal conflicts, and help you to gain, or regain, a sense of ownership of your life. 


I work with compassion and empathy and I encourage and support you to increase your resilience by relating to yourself in this way.  


It is a collaborative process that we work through together so you don't need to know any answers in advance. 


My extensive professional training allows me to use aspects of different models of therapies in order to flexibly adapt to individual needs.

 


New Perspectives

As children, we are creative; 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.



Walk and Talk  

Exercise can help to alleviate anxiety and depression, improving our mood as well as our physical health. 

Finding the motivation to go and exercise, or even get outside, is not always that easy so having a 'Walk and Talk' session maybe the answer for you. Getting outdoors for a walk in nature can naturally improve our mental health. It can get things moving for us physically and it can also help us to become 'unstuck'  as we find head space for clearer thought processes. 


'Walk and Talk' will not be appropriate for everyone so please feel free to enquire for more details if this way of working interests you.


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.



Over the years, I have worked therapeutically with thousands of different people experiencing many issues, including those relating to; 


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Bereavement
  • Loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Mid-life 
  • Long-term health issues 
  • Feelings of anger,  guilt or shame
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse 
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Work related stress 
  • Coping with change


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