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Since my training to become a counsellor in 1993 I have worked with adults at many different stages of life and with an array of diverse presenting issues. I have worked with university students, clients through EAP providers and in private practice. I have some availability to take on new clients for long term or short term work.
About me and my therapy practice
Many ancient teachings tell us that suffering is part of life and it seems the case that everyone at some time suffers whether it be at specific life moments such as death and loss, trauma and illness or ongoing such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, boredom or a sense of emptiness and lack of fulfilment.
For some it’s the effect of physical pain and for others it’s mental or emotional suffering. Sometimes our usual support system of family, friends or routine and self-care doesn’t seem enough or we need a fresh perspective. At these times counselling can provide that space, time out or quiet moment to see the situation more clearly so as to proceed again or move on.
For some, daily suffering is so great that counselling alongside other forms of support can help us release patterns of negative behaviour, get us out of feeling stuck, hopeless or overwhelmed and open ourselves up to greater potential for fulfilment, completeness, peace and joy which we were unable to realise before. For many of us the effect of covid has also brought new challenges both physical and mental.
Counselling is a talking therapy where a trained, experienced counsellor provides support and help to find a way forward by listening to you and responding in a way that doesn’t tell you what to do but facilitates you to find the best way yourself. Often suffering comes from not seeing any way out or not being able to move on or deal with difficult feelings. Working with a counsellor can offer fresh perspective to feel better and have a sense of renewed hope for the future. When we stop and spend a bit of time with our feelings and issues we find a new relationship with them which helps them transform and us evolve. Understanding the context of the problem and putting it on the table, so to speak, can help us come to terms with it which we were unable to realise before.
My first sessionWe will have an initial session to discuss the presenting issue and the best way forward for you to start to feel better. We will sign a counselling agreement form which states the terms and conditions of practice and then we will agree on a potential programme of 6, 10 or 12 weekly sessions and regularly review progress as we go. We can then adapt as necessary according to how you feel things are progressing. It may be that work goes to a deeper level and more sessions are required or that you may need strategies for specific difficulties such as anger management or lack of confidence in which case a shorter programme may be adequate. At times there may be a lot of talking at others silence because this work can elicit deep reflection about our lives. By asking questions, listening, offering feedback and perspective together we explore the best way for you to manage the situation and feel better. Sometimes I may suggest practices such as mindfulness or a creative exercise which challenges or puts a spotlight on habits which may be unhelpful. For work on trauma issues our sessions will be more focused on the body and physical practices.
Sessions can be online video or telephone or face to face at my office in Beaulieu, New Forest.
What I can help with
Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Behavioural, Brief therapy, Cognitive, Eclectic, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Interpersonal, Jungian, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainees, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited