MY APPROACH TO COUNSELLING
Experienced. Certified. Supportive.
Initially I try to understand what you are struggling with, the support systems or resources you use to cope and what you want to change or explore. You can expect counselling to give you a place to talk about how you feel, your experiences, thoughts and responses to situations. My role is to work with you, so that these things are shared in a confidential space and you are not alone with them. I do not judge your choices or decisions but listen carefully to help you to a better understanding of them.
I understand your perspective, bearing in mind the developmental experiences that shape your emotional world and your adult adaptations to these. We do not have to spend a long time looking at your childhood but the people you grew up with affect the way you perceive the world, so it is useful for us both to understand this context.
My job is to see things from your point of view, to give emotional support and empower you to make changes, take control, to adapt or cope; as you decide and at your pace.
By offering you a warm and accepting relationship I can give you the space to reflect and gain new perspectives.
Therapy can be long or short term. I offer a free initial 20 minute session, to meet and connect, from here we can decide to continue and progress. You can make an arrangement ,which we can review as often as you would like.
I have a lot of experience working in the area of mental health, but always attend training and supervision to update and expand my skills and knowledge .I am interested in how we find and make meaning and see this as part of therapy, and part of my job to find ways of understanding, which help the person I am working with.Philosophy, Mindfulness, Literature, Art and Academic texts all help me to achieve this.