What is Counselling?

Counselling is about you learning to deal with your difficulties in the way that best suits you, with me walking beside you to support your every decision and celebrate each step towards the happy future you want.

A counsellor will help you find the right pathway for you.  A counsellor will listen to you as you take this journey and will support you through making the decisions that will allow you to change your life.

I will not tell you what to do – only you can make the decisions about what is right for you.  I will help you to explore the many different ways so you can change your path and work towards a happier, more fulfilling future.

There are many different ways of providing help.  Initially you talk about the things that are upsetting you.  This is not easy; it can be very painful facing up to the issues that have gradually eroded your confidence or self-esteem, often over many years. Together, we then explore ways to improve your situation and modify patterns of behaviour that may be preventing you finding that elusive happiness.

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Types of problems I can help with…

  • Painful memories from the past blocking your ability to find happiness
  • Gaining confidence
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Becoming more assertive about what you want to do and what you do not want to do
  • Modifying thought patterns and behaviours that have prevented growth and progress
  • Anything else that prevents you living a full and happy life

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Frequently Asked Questions

Sometimes I will address the immediate problem, although it is important to see what is behind the difficulties. So, together we will explore your behaviour and perhaps not the obvious issues but what is behind them and how did you get there. We will make a plan for your sessions using CBT or a Humanistic Integrative approach whatever is best for you.

It is common that you will lead the session but it does sometimes depend on your issues. In my experience, I have found that I might perhaps need to bring you back and focus on your difficulties. Sometimes it can be very painful to deal with the hurt. It is your choice what you bring to our sessions; however, I want you to get the most benefit from them, so sometimes I might support you in finding the right direction.

I believe my strengths are my honesty with my clients and my empathy with them. Another strength is my passion for helping clients to find a positive outlook in life and be able to explore new things that they previously found difficult.

Part of my training is to take my own personal therapy so I am aware how important is to be ready to make any changes and deal with the pain that has been built up for a very long time.

We are all different and it all depends on you how you feel about talking to, and trusting your counsellor. I am very friendly, caring and honest so hopefully this will help you to work in a warm environment that you feel relaxed in and are able to talk freely.

You are in safe hands