I offer a secure, confidential and safe place in which to explore your issues. I aim to enable you to move forward in life free from the anxieties, poor coping strategies and barriers to living a fuller and more fulfilling life.
You may be experiencing specific issues such as:
- Confusing Thoughts
- Divorce / Separation
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Family Problems
- Grief / Loss
- Low Confidence
- Low Mood
- Mental Health
- Panic Attacks
- Self Harm
- Sexual Trauma
- Sleep Issues
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Work Issues
This list represents just some of the issues which you may be experiencing. Through my counselling practice I am mindful that so many of my clients present with combinations of these difficulties or indeed other problems which are not listed above that I can support you with.
Whatever the reasons you're considering counselling, I aim to offer an accepting non-judgmental space for talking, and opportunities for you to use counselling to achieve an improved understanding of your situation or crisis, and a better understanding of yourself, enabling you to reflect on what is happening to you, ensuring that the help you are looking for is available when you need it most. There are 5 stages which I aim to work towards with you, each step contributing to the overall benefits which you may choose to focus on:
- Understand your problems
- Clarify any confusion you may have
- Feel more in control of your life
- Learn how to cope more easily
- Approach life with a clearer Mind
"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing". ( BACP 2010 )
Accordingly sessions may be short term or long term - counselling or counselling with a more psycotheraputic approach. The choice is entirely yours. Once you book a counselling session with me, there is no commitment for further sessions on your part unless you choose to carry on with the work we have managed to do so far.
Counselling outdoors is no different in many ways to counselling in my therapy room. The advantages are that you can take advantage of the natural world and all it offers which often makes it easier to tell your story to me and aid the flow of the sessions. This will not be suitable for all clients or for all sessions we may have. The decision will always be yours – in the counselling room or outdoors.
Your initial contact with me may be by telephone or e-mail. I will in either case want to have a brief conversation with you to understand why you wish to seek counselling at this time.
Should you decide that you wish to proceed I will make a first appointment where I will carry out a detailed assessment and history and establish the issues that you are concerned about. Should you and I decide at the end of that session that we both feel that counselling with me will help we will proceed to further sessions. I will usually suggest 6/8 sessions on a weekly basis with a review after 6 weeks.
You are not obliged to continue your counselling with me and can decide at any time to end the counselling sessions. Ideally you will give me some notice to enable us to end the counselling in an orderly way but you will be in control of this at all times.