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. 

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 offer the opportunity of having a 30 minute 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 this would help in your decision making process. 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.

Grief and Loss

I have specialist experience of working with grief and loss.  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. This could be the loss of a relationship or not having had the relationships we needed, the loss of our health, 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.

Highly Sensitive People

I also have a specific interest in working with Highly Sensitive People. This is a term used to describe people with a very specific personality type that is gradually becoming more recognised and understood. Highly Sensitive People have a heightened awareness of their environment, of other people’s moods and feelings, they process feelings very deeply and really stimulating environments can be overwhelming for them.

They may also experience physiological differences such as startling easily or being very sensitive to caffeine or certain textures. This may cause them to find some social situations really difficult and having to manage lots of things at once can be really challenging.

Highly Sensitive People can also be extremely conscientious, loyal and hardworking and very good at paying attention to detail. They value connections that are real and genuine and environments where they can thrive.

Sometimes, just having an awareness of this trait can be really useful. I can help people to learn to work with its strenghts as well as its challenges.

I also work with specific issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, low self-worth and relationship issues.

Issues I work with:

  • Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Betrayal
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Childhood emotional neglect
  • Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Co-dependency
  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Disabilities
  • Emotional abuse
  • High sensitivity
  • 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

Charges

Initial consultation – £20

50-minute counselling session – £40

Reduced fee for students (including trainee counsellors) and young people (aged 16 – 18) – £30

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