How can counselling help?
Everyone goes through difficult times and we may not wish to disclose troubles to friends and family. I aim to offer you a safe, confidential opportunity to explore your issues with an empathetic listener who will not judge. I will “walk beside you” as with my help you better understand your feelings and why you behave and think in the way you do. I will respect your values and lifestyle and offer you the support of a therapeutic relationship, while you develop the courage to meet your challenges and the strength to face the future with a deeper self-awareness and greater confidence.
It may be that you wish to change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour or simply to find a way of coping with your current feelings or dilemmas. You set the goals and we work together to bring them within your reach.
Talking in confidence to a trained counsellor can reduce distress and confusion, and increase or restore a person’s ability to find more positive ways of thinking and behaving.
During 15 years of health-related social work, I had the privilege of working with people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, differing abilities, and religions, who presented a wide range of psychological and practical problems. Moving into counselling, I have worked with clients whose issues have included:
My theoretical approach integrates the major current methodologies in counselling and psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, carefully guiding the work to fulfil the needs of each client.
Having trained and worked with Relate, I offer counselling to couples wishing to improve their relationship. Many circumstances, events and pressures can put a strain on a partnership. Talking things through with a counsellor can help to improve communication, find solutions to repeated disagreements, value the ways in which the relationship works and begin to deepen and enrich shared lives. For many couples broken trust is a difficult and sometimes over-whelming issue. Counselling can help towards a deeper understanding of each other, greater honesty, and increased intimacy, both for heterosexual and same-sex couples. Nevertheless, some couples decide they must part. Counselling can help the couple value what was good, understand what went wrong and move on, agreeing how they can continue as parents, if there are children.
Many couples are starting again, bringing children from previous relationships to create a new family. This will bring the need for re-adjustment and negotiation and can be joyous but may be unexpectedly problematic. Counselling can assist the transition.
I work within the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Ethical Framework for Good Practice. You can obtain more information about this from me or from BACP at:
Telephone 0870 443 5162