A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life
Both psychotherapy and counselling are ways of helping to overcome stress, anxiety or depression and other emotional or relationship problems. They can also help with difficult behaviour such as addiction, anger or eating problems. Both are ways of making sense of your thoughts and feelings. which can release you from old patterns of behavior and this in turn can allow more realistic and effective ways of improving the quality and satisfaction of your life.
Sometimes, we need to talk to someone who isn’t involved in our own lives and is trained to help us think through things differently. Someone whose job it is to listen to us, take us seriously and help us to find a way back to the centre of our being. This centre is sometimes so hard to find and at other times it is as if we are in it without any effort. When that happens we know it through a sense of well being, connection and peace. When we are in that centre we are in balance and value ourselves without shame.
I have 30 years experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy. If you are struggling with how you feel about yourself or your life why not get in touch with me and we can see if we could work together to change things.
Deciding to look into therapy or counselling for yourself can be both positive and anxiety provoking. Its very important that you find the right therapist for you.
Therapy and counselling provide an opportunity to reflect on where you are, where you want to be, the way you are living and the choices you are making.
I work both on a short-term and open ended basis, and abide by the code of ethics of UKCP and BACP.
Couples often come for counselling when they feel they are in crisis and find it difficult to find a way forward. Sometimes they feel trapped and unable to communicate. I work with the relationship that you bring, the space between you, to help you find the ways in which you are stuck, have closed down or been hurt. I can help you to find ways to hear and listen to each other, to try new ways of being together, of moving forward.
Due to the pandemic I currently work online through Zoom, FaceTime or Skype. You can contact me either though email, phone or you can book directly online.
Once we have agreed to meet, I will wither send you a zoom link for the agreed time or you will contact me through Skype
I offer support and therapy for therapists and counsellors. While in training we will often be required to be in therapy and for some this support goes on throughout their career. For others like myself, who stopped therapy after several years, and then find themselves in a place where they need more support and a safe place to explore issues, losses and change it is important to find the right support. These are times when it's important to focus on yourself to give yourself time and space to explore your own feelings and your own journey.
I am very interested in the developmental stages and needs of therapists. As we move on in our lives and our careers what we are looking for from supervision or from training change over time.
There are challenges we each all face during different times and phases in our lives and careers. Each life and professional stage and transition brings with them their own unique challenges and stressors. Looking with another at where you are in your life and profession can help identify where you want to go next, what that might look like and how to get there. It can be useful toexplore this and look at what your needs are now from supervision, CPD, your own interests and life outside of your work as these move and change as we pass throught different stages in our lives.
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Grief, loss or bereavement
Problems with addiction
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Issues relating to sexuality
Difficulties at work or in retirement
Problems with family
Research suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.
Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend some time developing these these relationships.
Be Active – Go for a walk, join a gym, go cycling or play a game of football, join a dance class
Keep Learning – Learning keeps your mind active and builds a sense of achievement and confidence. You could learn a new language, an instrument, a new dance or a new skill.
Give to others – Check on an elderly neighbour, volunteer with a group whose ideals you agree with, take an extra step towards another offering kindness. All can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
Be Aware – Notice whats happening in the present moment. Notice your feelings and how your body feels, notice your environment. All this can positively change the way you feel about life.!
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