I offer a safe, flexible, confidential and non-judgemental approach addressing abroad range of mental and emotional distress, personal and relationship difficulties, and other symptoms of modern life - including a variety of common issues such as:
Depression, anxiety, fears, nervousness, and phobias, jealousy, envy and greed,
Relationship and sexual problems, obsessions and compulsions, sexual and emotional trauma,
Self-esteem, image and identity issues, stress, addictions, hopelessness, meaninglessness, confusion, anger.
Divorce and separation is often an emotionally bruising experience which may leave you with a reduced sense of your personal worth, a feeling of loss and even a sense of shame. Counselling after a divorce or separation will help you work through your feelings, regaining your equilibrium and your feelings of self-worth.
Person-centred counselling, as devised by Carl Rogers, is based on the assumption that an individual seeking support in the resolution of a problem can engage in an accepting non-judgmental relationship with the counselor, allowing the client to freely express emotions and feelings. It is also called client-centred or Rogerian counselling.
Person-centred counselling is for clients who would like to address specific psychological habits or patterns of thinking. The client is perceived by the counsellor as being the best authority of their own experience and therefore capable of achieving their own potential for growth and problem resolution. The person-centred counsellor provides favourable conditions to allow the emergence of such potential through unconditional positive regard, empathic understanding and congruence, thus enabling the client to come to terms with negative feelings, and develop inner resources with the power and freedom to bring about change.
For many years, I didn't believe in therapy, counselling was a taboo word, but while helping a young girl go through a traumatic experience, I was able to encounter first-hand how a counsellor can help. This encouraged me to join up and become a counsellor and I was able to ascertain, and understand, the values behind counselling.
This simple experience is why I changed my career path, and I would like to share this gift of discovery with you and help you with relationships with loved ones or just the simple day to day relationships we have, or the most important relationship of all, with ourselves. To help with bereavement which comes in many forms - loss of loved ones, partnerships that have crumbled, careers/jobs that have been pulled from beneath you, or loved ones moving away from home too.
I also realised that, while the support of loved ones may be sufficient for some, for many it is more useful to talk to someone objective and who is professionally trained to help.
Bereavement counselling aims to help a person explore his or her emotions. At the first meeting, the bereaved will likely be asked about their loss, their relationship to the deceased, and about his or her own life now that they have lost a love one. Even losing a job or family moving away can instigate feelings of loss, as can many other life events.
Answering these questions often means tapping into sadness or anger, so emotional outbursts are expected. Crying and yelling often come naturally during bereavement counselling and certainly will not offend me.
Allowing a person to explore his or her emotions without guilt or censure is one of most important aspects of bereavement counselling.