Safe, effective, and confidential support
It really is good to talk
Feeling deeply accepted, just as you are, listened to with careful attention and respect, helps create a deeper connection with your emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
I find that you saying things out loud is crucial, rather than thinking to yourself, and often going round in circles.
Different choices may spontaneously arise in your life, and long held beliefs be seen in a new light.
Counselling has been vital to me, and I feel passionate about offering this support to you.
A safe and confidential place for you to explore
We explore together, building trust as we go. As the expert on your life, you get the space to describe whatever you wish, at your own pace.
I'll listen without judging, and respond openly and honestly. I trust you to grow in your own way, guided by your inner knowing, towards the life you want - given the right conditions for this to emerge.
I aim to support you with whatever your concern, or whatever your level of distress. I have my own support, so you can focus on yourself. Since I'm independent you may well feel freer to speak than with others.
My areas of particular interest
I support all kinds of issues, though am especially interested in relationships, sex and sexual orientation, spirituality, disability, bereavement, and stress / anxiety. I work with all ages, from 16 up.
My interest in these areas naturally comes from my professional and personal experience.
Beginning counselling and the first session
In the first session we'll start to explore what it's like to be you, and the hopes you have for therapy. I'll say a little about the important commitments I'll make to you, including confidentiality.
Once you've checked how well suited you feel we are, you're free to book one session at a time, or commit for a longer period. Sessions are normally an hour, longer is possible.
What happens and doesn't happen in sessions?
You may find new perspectives on your feelings or beliefs, and about how you interact with others. This includes how you've been shaped over time by events and other people in your life.
By staying with difficult thoughts and emotions, deeper understanding and therefore change can come, as well as building confidence in your capacity to cope.
We may also work on creating some distance from things, giving you the power to regulate your experience, keeping it within what's tolerable. I'll be alongside you.
Counselling isn't about giving advice. It's a shared process which helps you connect more deeply with yourself - the things that need attention in order for change to naturally happen will show themselves.
My professionalism and qualifications
I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and work to their robust ethical framework. I receive regular supervision, plus further training from time to time.