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About me and my therapy practice
At times the roots of emotional problems go deeper than normal awareness can reach, my role as a counsellor is to enable you to identify, and focus on, some of the destructive ways of relating to yourself and others that might leave you feeling depressed, anxious or alone. Together, we will create a safe and creative environment, which will help you to explore the different aspects of yourself – some which harmoniously coexist, and others that are at odds with each other.
Therapy is an opportunity to tell and understand your own stories; an opportunity to meaningfully acknowledge the entire spectrum of your existence. This might in turn enable you to break free from stories that are no longer helpful to who you are, paving the way for more coherent stories to emerge.
I have experience in working with trauma, loss, addiction, anxiety, depression, self esteem, eating disorders. I also have an interest in the unique emotional challenges faced by people living with PTSD.
At the start, you’re likely to feel anxious about talking with a stranger. However, over time you will begin to feel more comfortable.
Even when you are comfortable, it is still normal to feel stressed or anxious before some sessions. Whether that be because of where you’re at mentally, or because you’re not ready to talk about something, it is totally normal to feel this way. If you regularly feel anxious before appointments, try talking to your counsellor about this – it may help combat the anxiety.
If your counsellor is asking questions, it’s not to challenge you or intimidate you. It’s usually because they want a deeper understanding of what is going on so that they can advise you better.
My first session
Our first session will involve going through some of the paperwork and me gathering information about you, things like what brought you in to counselling, how you cope and difficulties you have. We will also chat about your expectations from therapy and more.
Your first therapy session can be emotionally draining, even if you don’t initially expect it to be.
Therapy can involve unearthing many things your brain has worked hard to bury — the painful memories and feelings you may not have been up to exploring on your own. And as you sit down for first-time therapy, you may find the floodgates opening… whether you mean them to or not and this is all ok.
Being open and candid with your therapist is one of the best things you can do for yourself. And, you should know that not every session will be so intense. It often happens that initially starting therapy can take a lot out of you. That’s OK.
What I can help with
AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Disability, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, EMDR, Emotionally focused therapy, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work