How can counselling help you?

My aim is to offer you some time to really focus on the difficulties and challenges currently in your life in a space that feels safe, supportive and non-judgemental.  This could be difficult thoughts or behaviours that are getting in the way of you achieving what you want in your life.  We would work together to explore your experiences so that you can have a better understanding of how they have impacted on you or may still be impacting on you now and how you can make changes.  This may be difficult or traumatic experiences from your past or current difficulties such as relationship difficulties, ill health, or bereavement. 

I believe one of the most valuable aspects of counselling is that it enables us to ‘experience’ our feelings and have our feelings validated and heard, which sometimes is the only way we can heal and move on with our lives. This can be so hard to do in our normal, day to day lives when we live in a culture that focuses so much on quick fixes, distractions and avoiding feelings, which although may help as a short-term coping strategy, ultimately prevents us from being able to experience genuine joy and connectedness with ourselves and others.

What I Offer

My priority is always to start by asking you what you want to get from the counselling process and to then tailor our work around those goals.  I start by offering an initial consultation which gives us the chance to meet and for you to get an idea of how I would work as a counsellor. If you would like to go ahead with the counselling I would carry out an assessment before we start so I have a clear picture of your current situation and how any difficult thoughts or behaviours may be impacting on you.  I will always work at a pace that is right for you in a way that best supports your needs.

My specialist interest is working with grief and loss, particularly the impact of living with chronic illness and disability.  Grief and loss is something that underpins so much of our lives and is not just about bereavement but also how we adjust and adapt to the inevitable changes and disappointments that life can bring, such as the loss of a relationship or not having the relationships we hoped for, the loss of our health, the loss of our hopes and dreams, the loss of financial security, or the loss of our identity.  I understand that grief is such a powerful experience and something that has to follow its own journey and path, which can be overwhelming and frightening at times.  My goal is to work with you with these difficult, painful feelings, at your own pace, to help them feel more manageable.

I also offer support with many other issues such as depression, trauma, low-self-esteem, relationship issues, hoarding issues, living with chronic illness or being a carer.

Issues

  • Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Betrayal
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Co-dependency
  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Disabilities
  • Emotional abuse
  • Hoarding
  • Infertility
  • Low self confidence
  • Low self esteem
  • Miscarriage
  • Physical abuse
  • Postnatal depression
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Rape /sexual violence
  • Relationship issues
  • Redundancy
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Trust issues
  • Work/life balance

Working methods

  • Humanistic
  • Person-centred
  • Psychodynamic
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Creative interventions
  • Integrative
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Charges

Initial consultation – £20

50-minute counselling session – £35

Reduced fee for students and young people aged 18 and under – £25