We all experience times in our lives when we struggle and feel unable to cope. Difficult feelings such as unhappiness, loss, anxiety, anger, shame, guilt and low self-esteem can overwhelm us. Often, these feelings need to be faced before we can move forward. It can be a daunting prospect to ask for help but counselling provides the opportunity to work through such feelings with an understanding professional, to increase well-being and enable you to live life more fully.
The Psychodynamic model of counselling underpins all of my work. Established, proven and well-known, it focuses on problem resolution and developing personal insight. By discussing past experiences, examining existing relationships and talking through your issues, we work towards overcoming your past and present hurt, helping you to build a fresh foundation for a healthy future. Whilst Psychodynamic is my base model, I adopt an integrative approach, bringing together different elements from Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Humanistic Therapy, which enables me to provide a tailored approach to suit your needs. The changes are long lasting, as we explore the root causes of your struggles and aim to work through them, rather than just trying to manage the resulting symptoms, or 'paper over the cracks'. Subsequently, you develop the tools to deal more effectively with past and present challenges and to make more insightful decisions in the future.
I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where you will be able to discuss the problems and issues you are struggling with. The work may well involve exploring uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, however, you are in control of the pace of the work and it may take time before you feel able to discuss the distressing feelings you are experiencing. I will listen intently and support you unconditionally as we work towards you gaining a better understanding of yourself and your situation.
If you decide you would like to discuss working with me, the first time we meet would be for an initial consultation. This provides an opportunity to discuss the issues that you are struggling with, as well as what your expectations from counselling are, and to make sure you feel comfortable before deciding to begin counselling. If this is the case, subsequent sessions would be held weekly, at the same time and place, and would last for 50 minutes. I offer both short term and long term counselling, depending on each person's requirements.