About counselling & psychotherapy
These two terms do not represent giving, or receiving, advice. The role of a counsellor or psychotherapist, as a trained listener, is to facilitate the client's own thoughts in a safe and confidential environment. In the sessions, we may discuss your options or I may offer you a different perspective on your situation. Counselling may help you verify your own truths and help you live to your full potential.
Recent events may have triggered familiar feelings for you which are difficult to understand, causing confusion or rumination. Any form of loss can make life very difficult to deal with, especially on your own. Anxiety or depression is experienced by everyone, at some stage of their lives. However, the prospect of sharing your innermost, painful, or confusing feelings with loved ones may seem too much. As a psychotherapeutic counsellor, I offer a non-judgemental relationship within which you are free to explore your conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings.
What conditions can it help?
Anger Anxiety Bereavement Chronic skin conditions Confused sense of self Couples counselling Depression Intimacy Lack of confidence Life changing events Loss Low self esteem Miscarriage Panic attacks Pregnancy related problems Psychosexual worries Relationships Sex Sleep issues/insomnia Stress Tearfulness Trauma Work related concerns
What benefits can be expected?
Counselling may help you explore and process unwanted feelings that are impacting on your life. Talking therapy may help you: acknowledge negative emotions; recognise the root of these feelings; explore possible coping strategies and, hopefully, help you take more positive control of your life.
You may be feeling that you've become 'stuck', lacking direction. Unconscious motives or learned patterns of behaviour, may be holding you back. Within the counselling relationship you are free to express yourself. We can explore your thoughts and feelings together, in order that you have a better understanding of your needs and your behaviour.
Exploring negative feelings, and the issues underlying them, is a challenging process and requires a commitment from both of us to nurture your growth, development and wellbeing. As a psychotherapeutic counsellor, I hope to establish a safe, therapeutic relationship where you feel supported and understood. My aim is to maximise your individual potential by helping you increase your self-awareness and enabling you to move more choicefully into the future.