About Therapy

Counselling offers you:

  • an opportunity to talk to someone who is outside of your situation, who is experienced at helping people find their own answers to issues that may have been troubling them
  • a professional commitment to build a supportive, trustworthy, confidential and real relationship with you, where agreed boundaries create a safe and containing space for you to explore your concerns
  • someone who really listens to you in an accepting and respectful way, acting as a compassionate sounding board to help you make sense of your concerns in the wider context of your life

This may allow you to have:

  • different ways of understanding yourself
  • a greater awareness of how repeating patterns (ways of relating, feelings, thoughts and behaviour) play a part in your concerns
  • an opportunity to identify & work towards the changes you want to make
  • a chance to learn new coping strategies
  • a way of working towards acceptance of things that you cannot change

Your counselling journey may be time-limited focusing on a few specific things you wish to achieve or longer term, which may involve a more in-depth approach tackling deeper emotional problems that have a long standing history.

The type of counselling I offer

I like to keep track of the latest developments in counselling research and practice, and I would describe myself as an ‘relational integrative’ counsellor, which means I bring together aspects of the three main branches of contemporary counselling theory – humanistic approaches in combination with psychodynamics ideas and aspects of cognitive-behavioural therapy, including mindfulness.

My approach can be described as ‘relational’ because I aim to form a flexible, open, and genuine relationship with my clients, based on your individual needs and honest two-way feedback. I will regularly check out you are getting what you need from therapy. If I don’t think what I have to offer you will help you, I will tell you and if I can, suggest where you might go next.

I can work with people experiencing:

  • Anxiety, Depression and Stress
  • Emotional crisis and Trauma
  • All aspects of abuse, including historical abuse, rape & domestic violence
  • Poor self-esteem and self-image
  • A desire to explore your identity and what that means to you: whether it relates to sexuality, race, culture, health concerns, age, belief systems or any other issue that creates a feeling of displacement
  • Work-related Stress including redundancy & bullying
  • Family problems and issues relating to childhood
  • Adjusting to change and transitions
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Health-related issues and life-threatening illnesses
  • Relationship difficulties