How can I help?
Clarify/Identify/Make Choices/Reduce Confusion/Find Solutions
People consider seeing a counsellor for many different reasons. Counselling can help you see things more clearly, perhaps from a different perspective.
In the beginning, some people feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness. However, having worked with many different clients from all backgrounds, most complete their sessions realising that seeking support has actually turned out to be a sign of real strength.
You will be encouraged to explore different aspects of your life and feelings, freely and openly in a way that is often not possible with those closest to you. It can be extremely therapeutic to examine and understand bottled up feelings such as anxiety, grief, guilt, embarrassment and shame, as these can have a negative impact on life in general, if left unresolved. Unacknowledged feelings that are able to be explored in a safe way, with support, can really help people move on.
I am an integrative therapist, which means that I draw upon different theories, depending on each client's unique needs, with my core approach being 'Person Centred'. Therefore, I focus on an individual's self worth and values, as being valued as a person, without being judged, can help you to accept who you are, and reconnect with yourself.
It does not involve giving advice or directing you to a particular course of action. I believe that everyone has their own answers and, with the right support, you will be able to draw upon your own resources to find your solutions.
You will be accepted as you are, and allowed to work at your own pace in discovering more about yourself, and your difficulties.
We can look at all aspects of your experience - your THINKING (or cognition), the MEANING and SENSE that you have of your world, your FEELINGS and EMOTIONS, your BEHAVIOURS and also your NEEDS. Working in this way helps you to integrate these different aspects of your experience to allow your natural healing to emerge.