I understand the importance of each individual need to be heard and be listened to attentively, with an open ear and heart. I work integrative, which simply meaning that I combine different techniques of counselling and refine them to meet your individual needs. I adapt my approach to suit the uniqueness of each individual that I work with, ensuring that trust and understanding is the foundation and developed throughout the therapeutic relationship.
Whilst I may be the counsellor, I believe that YOU are the specialist when it comes to matters of yourself. That there is no one out there who knows you better than you, and I believe we all have the tools we need to handle what life throws at us. I am just here to remind you: You are the author of your own life and I am just the narrator.
what is Counselling?
Counselling provides a safe, impartial and confidential space in which to explore your thoughts and feelings. Talking to a counsellor in a confidential setting, safe in the knowledge that what you say will be respectfully listened to, can help us understand what is making us feel a certain way. Counselling can help you gain new perspectives about yourself and support you in resolving your difficulties, as well as helping you find new ways of coping with a greater sense of control and choice in your life. Talking through your issues every week with a counsellor can help you come to terms with current challenges and identify a future where you are calmer, more confident and in charge of your own life.
what is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured and safe way. Psychotherapy can help you identify the defences and coping mechanisms you created in childhood, and whether those structures are still relevant and helpful today. It can help heal your deepest wounds and leave you feeling free to reach your true potential. Depending on the nature of your problem, therapy can be short or long term. Psychotherapy aims to help you gain deeper insight into your difficulties or distress. It can create a greater understanding of why you are the way you are, enable you to find more appropriate ways of coping, and can become the facilitator to bring about changes in your thinking and behaviour.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Aims to help you change the way you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now. CBT is suitable for counselling clients with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, phobias, OCD's, maladaptive thought patterns etc
Focuses on past relationships and in particular, traumatic childhood experiences in relation to an individual’s current life. This approach will bring self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past and present behaviour. The belief is that by revealing and bringing these issues to the surface healing can occur. Its aim is to help us achieve insight and understanding around the reasons for our problems and to translate this insight into a mature capacity to cope with current and future difficulties.
Is based on the present (here and now) and helping clients achieve their highest potential. The view that everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. There are four basic goals a person will achieve in successful person-centred therapy. They will become open to experience, learn to trust themselves, develop an internal evaluation of themselves and have a willingness to continue growing.
Integrative counselling aims to promote healing and facilitate wholeness -ensuring that all levels of a person's being and functioning (mental, physical and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential. Clients must be committed to self-exploration and open to identifying what factors in their life are perpetuating problems, and/or are causing current concerns.
Solution Focus Counselling
Minimizes emphasis on the past and instead focuses on the client's strengths and previous successes, set goals and work out how to achieve them. It is suitable for busy clients, those who have made a decision or want to change and with a specific desired goal in mind.
HOW WE BEGIN
Book your free 20-minute phone consultation via email. I will listen to your concerns. No problem is unimportant! Or if you prefer, you can book your first initial session via the book online page may email me, or you can call me on 0790 7312 574 or WhatsApp me. If I don’t pick up due to me being with another client, please leave a voicemail or text message and will I get back to you within 24 hours.