One 2 one counselling and psychotherapy, also known as talking therapies, can help you explore your feelings, think about your choices and patterns of behaviour to help you make changes in your life. You may find it easier to talk about your personal, family or relationship issues with an independent and professional therapist.
Counselling might focus on current situations including bereavement, stress management, a divorce or a relationship break up for example.
Psychotherapy might explore deeper emotional, psychological and relationship issues in addition to issues of low self-esteem, depression and anxiety.
Specific advice or opinions are not given but a counsellor and psychotherapist is trained to listen with empathy and can help you explore any negative thoughts and feelings you may have.
You may find it easier to talk about your personal, family or relationship issues with an independent and professional psychotherapist.
You can expect one or a series of weekly confidential, professional face to face sessions which last 50 minutes, each held in a private, confidential and comfortable setting.
Talking with a counsellor or psychotherapist offers space to help identify the choices for change and to make sense of individual circumstances.
Sessions might involve you talking about life events, your feelings and emotions, your relationships, how you think, along with your patterns of behaviour.
A counsellor and psychotherapist is trained to listen to you, encourage you and empathise with your feelings. You will be supported and helped to understand yourself better and to find your own solutions, to mobilise change and engage with your situation more compassionately.
Depending on your presenting issues, short term counselling may be appropriate or longer-term psychotherapy may be more beneficial.
Options can be discussed by phone, email or in an initial exploratory session.
A weekly commitment is required.
I specialise in seeing clients who suffer from general anxiety. Anxiety can be crippling and reduce a person’s ability to function on a day to day level effectively often escalating into panic attacks which can be very frightening. I believe anxiety can stop someone from realising their full potential in life and I am committed to offering a service to help those who want a more fulfilling lifestyle but do not know how to achieve this or why things get in their way.
I also specialise in bereavement counselling and offer a safe, confidential and empathic space for you to explore your feelings and receive support as you grieve and adjust to the changes in your life following a bereavement. I do not offer advice or make judgements; my role is to support you as you adjust to the emotional changes following your loss.
The death of someone you love is a major event and coming to terms with the loss and dealing with the normal responses of grief can be very difficult. Everyone reacts differently and feelings can often feel overwhelming. You may feel lonely and isolated, experience anger, fear or guilt as well as helplessness and/or physical aches and pains.
Grief is a normal natural process and affects everyone in many different ways; you may have physical reactions, experience sleeplessness or lack of appetite or even feel guilty about not feeling emotional. All of this is normal, there is no ‘right’ way to grieve and we all experience it differently.
Working through your grief with the support of a counsellor can be a painful process, but it is often necessary to ensure your emotional and physical well being later.
As with all talking therapies, there are no guarantees, but I believe that a good therapeutic relationship can help you manage your day to day problems and anxieties better in addition to addressing deeper rooted problems.
Counselling is not about giving advice and so for talking therapy to work, you need to participate in the process. I work relationally, which means the relationship we build is an important part of the process which can help you restore trust and deal with interpersonal problems that might arise in your own personal life.
For more information about how talking therapy might work for you I suggest an introductory session is a good place to start. Here we can look at the issues you might be facing in life and discuss what changes you are looking to make.