How I Work
I am able to offer you professional & confidential counselling in a safe & reflective space with which to explore your problems.
I offer short or long-term therapy although the length of therapy will depend on the difficulties that you are facing.
My Counselling Approach:
Counsellors are trained in various therapeutic models. I work Integratively, drawing on different therapeutic approaches which means that I adapt the way I work to your individual needs & as best to support you.
For example, our work may explore how your past experiences & early relationships are influencing your current difficulties. This can help uncover the less conscious reasons for how you relate to people or why you feel stuck in your present problems. Or, we may consider how your negative thoughts & feelings are encouraging current unhelpful behaviours. Challenging these & developing different ways of thinking will encourage more helpful & healthy behaviour. We may also look at how you believe you should be and how this impacts on your self-worth & how you relate to yourself internally – the conflict between “what I am” and “what I should”. As you start to accept yourself, you may re-connect with your strengths & start to feel more empowered.
I regard our counselling relationship as very important and central to our work together. It is very different to the type of one you will experience with friends, family & colleagues. It is secure, confidential & contained and the focus is on your experience of your problems. I will not give you advice, nor will I judge you or tell you what to do, but instead I will accept all your experiences & feelings as valid & work with you to make sense them. Together we will work through what you feel is best for you and in doing so you may start to manage your life more affectively.
capacity to support yourself.
Issues I can help you with:
- Depression & low mood
- Anxiety & Stress
- Emotional Eating, Binge-Eating & Weight Loss
- Relationship issues
- Sexuality & sexual orientation
- Physical, emotional & sexual abuse
- Loss & Bereavement
- Life stage issues
Although I work with a wide range of difficulties, emotional eating is an area of particular interest to me. I work one-to-one with clients, in understanding & addressing their emotional eating behaviour, but psycho-educational support groups & workshops are something I also offer. Please contact me if you are interested in joining a support group or workshop.