Choosing a Counsellor

It is important that you feel comfortable with telling a counsellor details of your life.  Therefore it is fundamental that the relationship between you and your counsellor feels safe and trustworthy.  You are encouraged to assess this carefully for yourself and not be fearful to ask questions before starting.  A counsellor will not tell you what to do but believe that you know what is best for you by helping you to explore your feelings and find a way forward.

  What is counselling?

Counselling is a process where you can talk about your thoughts, feelings and experiences.  This process helps you see more clearly what is going on for you at the moment, what has happened leading up to your difficulty and work out what needs to happen.  Alongside this, you will be helped to understand yourself better.  Sometimes, painful and complex feelings can be pushed down into the unconscious, which can affect our response or behaviour in relationships and life generally.  This can prevent you from enjoying a fulfilling and satisfying life.

The way I work reflects my own personal values and I believe we all deserve acceptance and unjudgemental understanding.  With these conditions, I aim to help you identify your problems, discover options and create more meaning to life.

I use an integrated approach in counselling.  This means I have trained in a variety of skills and theories to enable me to facilitate you in your difficulty, applying these for your individual need.  For anxiety, depression, and post traumatic shock, I can offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques for managing frightening symptoms.  Although problems are not easy to surmount, you can be helped to move forward towards a more peaceful and satisfactory outcome.