Therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.
A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have. Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won’t usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.
My training and experience, grounded in the Person Centred approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy, enables me to offer clients an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and warmth.
I have ten years experience working in an NHS setting and Private Practice and with a variety of issues. I consider myself to be an integrative therapist as I have completed training and professional development within the theories of Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Dreams and Nightmare Analysis. I also offer couples counselling and online counselling when required.
If what troubles you causes you intrusive thoughts, disturbed sleep or physical symptoms such as palpitations, if you find social situations, or standing up for yourself difficult, working with me should soon start to improve things. My main areas of expertise are anxiety, relationship-problems and low self-esteem. I will not try to fix you as I believe you are the expert on yourself. I work by offering acceptance and empathic understanding of what you are going through as a starting-point for further exploration.
I have over three years’ experience in the NHS and a local domestic abuse charity. I work as an integrative counsellor, using a Person-Centred approach, along with Gestalt and Existential therapies. This enables me to make the therapy fit your needs so you can feel yourself again, maintain that sense of self and learn to live in the moment. I offer short-term counselling, or longer-term psychotherapy if deeper exploration is needed, and I work via video, telephone, instant-messaging or email, as well as in person – face to face.