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 your 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.
Relationship Counselling, also known as Couples and Marriage Counselling, is a therapeutic process where couples meet with a counsellor weekly to help explore more deeply what is going on in your relationship.
Relationships can be fulfilling and long lasting; however, conflict and arguments can cause tension and upset leaving couples feeling unsatisfied and stuck in painful patterns of relating. It can be hard to identify what the problems are in your relationship and to see a way forward. Couples counselling can be useful in helping couples identify where they are ‘stuck’ and to find new ways of relating to each other that can help you grow as individuals and as a couple.
The most important part of the process is looking at how you communicate with each other. This can help identify any patterns of behaviour or communication issues that result in arguments or misunderstandings. Together we look at what you can do differently to communicate more effectively, and bring about changes that can lead to the kind of intimacy and relationship you both want.
Couples commonly seek counselling for issues such as:
· Conflict and arguments
· Difficulty communicating and not feeling heard
· Financial problems
· Feeling unable to ask for what you want
· Loss of connection
· Feeling a need for space
· Jealousy and possessiveness
· Different parenting styles
· Loss of sex life or incompatible sexual drives
Couples Counselling can help you feel supported and give you both the chance to get thoughts and feelings out in a neutral environment and in a constructive way.
As with all therapy, 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.