I am experienced in working with the individual, within a relationship. I work alongside the person in order to understand how they see the world. My work is around helping people gain a sense of self, understanding and autonomy and to do the work at their own pace, but in a supported way. For this very reason I avoid limiting the number of sessions available, therefore taking the pressure off you to really do the work you feel you need to do. I believe self-discovery can prove to be most rewarding for the individual and potentially long lasting.
At the centre of my work is the relationship with an individual and I see this as the most important part of the therapy. At times in your life when things get tough you sometimes just need someone to sit and listen, someone not connected with your problems, someone not to give advice or guidance, just be there, hear you when you talk. You need to feel safe and be able to trust they will hold your information with good intent and give you a sense of security.
Within the counselling process my focus is always you, however it may be useful for you to know I have experience of working with people who have experienced trauma, dissociation, PTSD, loss and bereavement, (stillborn and pregnancy, hearing and also personal loss) low self esteem, confidence issues, anger, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, relationship issues, abuse, eating disorders, stress and many more.
I recognise the importance not only to current experiences and ways of relating, but also to how these may be linked to earlier experiences. I believe the past affects the present and sometimes keep us stuck in old patterns of relating which may no longer be helpful. Understanding the influence of the past on current behaviour, thoughts or feelings which are causing difficulty or distress may help bring relief and open possibilities for change.
I offer an initial assessment at no cost or obligation. I understand talking to someone about personal and painful issues may seem very daunting at first and finding the right therapist equally so. Having a no obligation initial assessment allows you the opportunity to seek out the right counsellor before you commit yourself to doing the work.
Contact me: 07929 953978