About Counselling Counselling and psychotherapy are both "talking therapies" which attempt to help us make sense of our lives and survive crisis, difficulty or turning points.
How Can Counselling Help? People come to counselling and psychotherapy for all sorts of reasons. A significant life event such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, redundancy or a panic attack can feel overwhelming. There can also be an underlying sense of unhappiness, or a feeling that life could be better or different. Clients may present with a single issue or symptom, or a range of issues that they wish to address. Despite the name, the role of a counsellor isn’t about giving advice or telling you what to do. Instead counselling is about creating a safe reflective space where you can explore and understand the difficulties that have arisen in your life. The insight and awareness gained will in itself give you more choice in the way you live your life. It's a collaborative process and the more you engage with the process the more you are likely to get out of it. This has been my experience both as client and as counsellor.
What Can I Expect From Counselling? It is important that you find a therapist who you feel you can work with and so our initial meeting is an opportunity to explore how we might work together and to discuss your needs, thoughts and current issues. Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I will listen carefully, without judgment. I aim to provide you with a safe, supportive space in which the issues that you choose to share with me, can be explored confidentially. This can be done by building a relationship based on respect, acceptance, trust and empathy.
I work from an integrative framework, which means that I have been trained in a number of different theoretical approaches. I draw variously upon humanistic/person centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches.