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About me and my therapy practice
Experienced qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. Due to Covid 19 I am currently offering telephone, Skype, Zoom and Whatsapp counselling. I'm here to help you to overcome any difficulties you currently have with your thoughts or feelings and to support you to get through difficult times. Whatever struggles or hardship you face I can help you by providing a warm space where you can feel understood and accepted in your experience of life.
Typically what might bring people to therapy is stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger, sadness, confusion. Or maybe a crisis such as separation or bereavement, or relationship or work problems. Some people identify a lack of self confidence or self esteem or a sense of isolation or of not belonging. Or have other challenges such as feelings of guilt or shame, maybe being affected by past traumas.
My therapeutic approach is integrative with an emphasis on humanistic. I aim to work with your way of thinking and to progress towards your chosen goals. My intention is that you will experience a level of authenticity and insight that helps you to heal or feel empowered, and additionally learn strategies for altering your responses to life. Some of these will be practical day to day mood changing techniques (CBT) others will involve confidence and relationship building skills. Overall I hope that our time together will enable you to feel more in tune with how you want to be in your life. I work on a number of different levels and move between these. I recognize the influence of thoughts, feelings, behaviour, the here and now, the past including looking back at childhood. I also respect the importance of your own values and spiritual beliefs. I offer a number of techniques as and when they become relevant and working with what best suits you and checking what might feel right. Sometimes this involves using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which is a practical opportunity to notice and change ways of thinking and behaving. At other times I might suggest image making or writing. Creativity is an important aspect of my counselling. I work with pictures and objects, sometimes using an art therapy approach to enable you to make images which help to develop understanding. Working with your inner child and inner parent might also be a part of this, helping you to overcome stresses in your attachments. Learning new strategies for coping with life and changing ways of thinking can involve Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), this is a positive approach to change. I might teach relaxation techniques or ways of changing your thinking patterns that can help you to be successful, peaceful and happy.
My first session
The first session is an opportunity for you to start to tell me about your difficulties to get a sense of how I work and the way I am as a therapist so that you can decide if you want to continue coming for sessions with me. I will ask some questions as part of the exploration together. You are also welcome to ask any questions about the way the therapy works.
It is also the beginning of the therapy and may feel like a relief to start to share your thoughts and feelings. We will explore what you would like from the sessions and what your understanding is of your current or past struggles.
Overall I hope to enable you to develop your ability to cope with difficulties by having the opportunity to express yourself and to build your own skills so that you are able to improve your quality of life and feel a freedom to be yourself.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Business coaching, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Coaching supervision, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Executive coaching, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Leadership coaching, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Adlerian, Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Eclectic, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred, Play therapy, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Online counselling, Telephone counselling, Time-limited