Where you can find me
I understand how difficult making that first contact with a counsellor can be when something feels wrong. Making the decision to help yourself can be hard enough. We all find ways of coping but sometimes those coping strategies are not adequate anymore.
Person-centred counselling is an explorative style of counselling. You will "lead" the sessions and so feel a sense of control. Don't worry if you think "how do I know what to say or do". With my help we will explore emotions, feelings and behaviours in a supported, safe, setting which can bring great understanding and clarity.
We are all used to receiving help in a certain way, and when we receive this help or support we are usually told what is best for us by an expert or a person in authority, eg at a Dr's, nurse's, or the police, etc. This is fine but that’s not how a person-centred counselling works and so if this doesn’t feel right for you than maybe you could look at working with a different approach (eg, CBT or Psychodynamic) which can be more directive.
I believe that beneficial therapy can only be achieved if the relationship between client and therapist feels safe, open and genuine. The practice of confidentiality is there for this reason. It is also important that you feel accepted and not judged.
I trained with a charity that supported people who had experienced sexual abuse and this gave me a real appreciation of people who wanted to face their fears and work through their difficulties. I have also worked with many clients in my private practice. The list below gives a few examples of some of the issues I have worked with:
Lack of parental care/support in the early years
Low self-esteem/Lack of confidence
Mental health issues
I hope this has helped you gain an understanding of the way I work.
Please get in touch if you feel ready or if you have any questions and please have a look at the OTHER SUPPORT tab at the top of the website if you're not.
My number is 07738124475