What is counselling?
There are many different types of counselling, but essentially counselling provides you with a safe and confidential to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns . A counsellor will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.
A counsellor will not give you an opinion or advice. They will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems. You can find out more on the BACP website
What kind of counselling do you offer?
I am a person centred counsellor. Person centred therapy is based on the view that everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. Key to person centred counselling is me offering you a non-judgemental and accepting and empathic space where you and I can be genuine with each other. I will encourage you to explore and reflect on your life experiences and challenging feelings. We will look together at any obstacles that may be causing you difficulties and what you might do to make changes.
Ultimately, the aim of person centred counselling is for you to understand more about your self and your experiences and therefore feel better able to take control of your life and find new ways forward. Sessions will always be led by you rather than directed by me.
What issues do you work with?
I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and stress, relationship difficulties, issues around sexuality, life transitions, bereavement and loss.
I have a particular interest in working with younger adults and students as I know, from experience, that this stage of life can be challenging to navigate.
I have experience of academic study related issues including perfectionism, procrastination and motivation issues. I have also worked with students who have low self confidence and social anxiety.
As I am counselling online and by telephone, I don't take clients who are at risk of serious harm to themselves.
How long will I need counselling for?
This will depend on what you want to explore and is something we can discuss in your first session. I will usually suggest you start with 6 sessions and we will then review how counselling is working for you. We will continue to review our work regularly so that you are getting what you need from counselling. It will be your decision when to finish counselling.