How I can help you
Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to family or friends about how you really feel, and you just need someone to talk to who is able to take their time to listen to you, without judgement.
You may have experienced difficult life events or upsetting or traumatic events, or have developed a long-term health condition or disability, or maybe you just feel low or anxious and you’re not sure why. Whatever your situation, some experiences can create difficult emotions such as grief, guilt, sadness, confusion, anger and low self-esteem, which I can help you to manage during our therapy work together.
I use a person-centred approach as the basis of my counselling work which can help you to make sense of your life experiences and current circumstances. I will support you in developing your own solutions to difficulties and help you to re-build a sense of who you are and how you would like to live your life.
Our working relationship will form an integral part of the therapeutic process with the sessions moving at your pace, in a safe environment, free from judgement.
In addition to the person-centred approach I also use solution focused and positive psychology techniques. Solution focused therapy is useful if you wish to have short term therapy and you already have an idea about your preferred future but maybe need some help in getting there. Positive psychology encourages you to not only accept yourself by living authentically, but to also focus on your strengths which then encourages emotional resilience and personal growth.
Depression and low mood
We can all have times when our mood is low, and we’re feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually these feelings pass in due course but if the feelings are interfering with your life and just won’t go away, or if they keep coming back over and over again, it could be a sign that you're experiencing depression.
There are many causes of depression or low mood, but together we can discover what your personal challenges are and how we can work through or overcome them.
Stress and anxiety
Being under pressure is a normal part of life. Stress is a natural human response that can help you take action, feel more energised and get results. But if you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem for both your physical and mental health.
Anxiety is what we can experience when we are worried, tense or afraid – particularly about events that are about to happen, or what we perceive could happen. Together we can discuss your thoughts and feelings on stress or anxiety, and use specific tools to help you feel more relaxed and work towards gaining inner peace.
Chronic illness and disability
Changes to our physical and/or mental health can leave us feeling frustrated, alone and lost. I can help you to make sense of the world again and your place within it, by listening with empathy and without judgement and building on the strengths that you’re aware of, and possibly finding others that you haven’t even discovered yet!
We will work together to challenge some of your current thinking patterns and work towards thriving rather than just surviving.
By building our resilience, we can learn to overcome many of the challenges that life can unexpectedly throw at us. I can help you achieve this by learning what’s important in life, finding out what your strengths are, how to be more flexible with your thinking as well as discussing some self-care techniques that you can try – and learn how not to feel guilty when you use them!