How does it work?
You don’t have to ‘do’ anything. Just bring yourself – your thoughts, feelings, wishes; your hopes and fears. I work from the person centred approach which means that nothing is expected of you, you will not be judged or diagnosed but you will be heard and I will pay attention to you, your world, the way you see and feel about things. The person centred approach is an ‘orientation’ for the therapist which means that I relate to you in a certain way: it’s the quality of this relationship that works as the therapy for you. This relationship can help you hear yourself without judgement, feel more at peace with yourself, discover what it is you wish for and find ways to get there.
Clients I have worked with have often become more able to express themselves freely, without fear of judgement; their inner process has become more fluid, less ‘edited’ or ‘interrupted’ and, often, they become more ‘playful‘ and in touch with their creative possibilities.
The best way to understand this is to book an appointment for an initial consultation and experience my therapy for yourself. Then you can see if it feels like it could be helpful or meaningful for you before committing to any further sessions.
The counselling process
It’s good to think of therapy as a process: one which is different for each person, and which unfolds gradually at whatever pace and depth feels right for you. For therapy to be most effective, sessions take place weekly, normally at the same time. Therapy doesn’t necessarily progress in a straight line – there may be some twists and turns and you may not leave every session feeling ‘better’ – this is a normal part of the process. It doesn’t mean the therapy isn’t working. You are in the driving seat and it’s up to you when your therapy sessions stop, but I will be there to help you notice when you have reached your goals, or when you feel sufficiently supported to not need therapy any more.
My approach can be particularly effective with counselling for relationships, depression, anxiety and low self esteem, but it is also suitable for the following:
- abuse (historical or current)
- anger management
- coping skills
- domestic violence
- eating disorders (or disordered eating)
- family conflict
- gender identity
- individual counselling
- loss and bereavement
- low confidence
- perinatal issues
- PTSD (trauma)
- self esteem
- suicidal ideation
- work-related stress.
I also work with existential issues such as life transitions, ageing, meaning of life, aloneness and death anxiety. I can help you gain more understanding and acceptance of the meaning you make from your life, learn more about your worldview and resolve any fears that may be blocking your path.
I provide equality of service and care to everyone, regardless of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation.