What Is Counselling?
Counselling is a kind of "talking therapy" with a professionally trained, qualified and insured counsellor or psychotherapist who will listen to you. It is designed to help people to find ways of dealing with emotional problems.
It can help with issues such as:
- a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders
- an upsetting or unmanageable physical condition, such as infertility or disability
- a difficult life event, such as death of a loved one, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
- tricky emotions – for example, low self-esteem or anger
- any other issues that cause heightened anxiety such as sexual identity, procrastination or perfectionism
How Do I Work?
The type of counselling I offer is known as person-centred, or humanistic. You can find out more about that here (opens in new tab). This means that the work we do together is shaped by you. You are the only expert on what makes you happy, sad, or anxious, so I will not decide what is right for you or try to fix you. We will work together to explore your feelings and emotions, and this can help you to begin to understand them and how to move forward.
There will not be any homework, no advice and, most importantly, no judgment. Your upbringing, relationships and experiences have all shaped who you are right now. I will accept you as you are, from the moment I meet you until the time we finish our work together.
There is no "right" or "wrong" way to do counselling, no pressure to be anyone other than yourself at any time. There is no shame if you struggle with it. It can be tough going at times, but can also be extremely powerful. Being able to talk to someone outside of your life, that you can trust not to judge you, can be truly liberating.
My aim is to create a space where you can feel comfortable, respected and completely safe to say, and feel, whatever you want.
I try to bring together different theories and approaches to help you to along your journey. Some of these may be a little different to what you may have experienced before. For example, if you have had CBT in the past you will find my way of working to be completely different and less directive. I will always be guided by what feels right for you.