Sharing your thoughts and feelings with an experienced counsellor can help you make sense of life circumstances and lead you on a journey of self-awareness and personal growth.
I take the view that people are able to find their own ways of dealing with life’s challenges and I encourage you to trust in your ability to make changes and appreciate your own resources.
I offer a confidential, non-judgemental and safe space for you to speak freely about the issues that are of most concern to you, in a way that is sometimes not possible with friends or family.
Often people find that the insight and awareness that comes from the counselling process can help them find a fresh appreciation of who they are and new ways of dealing with difficult issues.
You don’t have to find yourself in a crisis situation before you can benefit from counselling.
Some of the issues people bring to their sessions are:
abuse addictions anger management depression and anxiety illness and health concerns loss and bereavement low self-esteem relationship issues self development sexuality and gender issues trauma and PTSD
My work reflects the principles of the Person-Centred approach, that the individual is a person of worth and value with vast resources for growth, change, and self-determination.
The person-centred approach is based on the work of Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987) who saw each individual as their own best authority on their own experience and as being fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth.
The aim of the person-centred approach is to form a therapeutic relationship that is genuine, accepting and empathic, in which the client can trust and rely on their own ability to make the changes they want in their life and in their relationships.
"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a bit on the right had corner'. I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds." - Carl Rogers, A way of Being
What to expect
During our first session we can discuss and establish your needs and agree on the frequency and time of sessions, length of contract, fees and confidentiality. This may also be the time to explore your expectations about counselling and to ask any questions you may have about the counselling process.
Sessions can be short-term or open-ended, face to face or online. The length of time a client stays in counselling depends on the needs of the individual. Deep rooted problems may require long term counselling, while specific issues can sometimes be addressed in fewer sessions.
Each counselling sessions lasts for 50 minutes and takes place on a regular basis once a week.
Confidentiality is an essential part of the counselling relationship and everything that takes place in the sessions is confidential, treated with respect and discretion.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change" - Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy