Counselling for individuals

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"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become"

Carl Jung

You might be hoping to work through depression, anxiety, bereavement, life-changing events or past trauma. Perhaps you are seeking awareness, confidence, and strategies for coping with life's stresses. You may be curious about aspects of yourself and wish to explore who you are and where you want to be in your life. I provide a supportive, non-judgemental, and confidential space for you to focus on the difficulties you are facing. I bring warmth, creativity, and compassion to my work, and will support you to make sense of what may be contributing to the unhappiness, distress or suffering in your life. Working together, we will explore different aspects of yourself, your life and your difficulties.  

 

Our sessions together can help you make sense of your emotions and experiences, relationships, patterns of thinking or behaving, and the barriers in your life - those you are conscious of and those you are not.

Many of our problems and issues have histories - they are created over time. Exploring the past experiences that have shaped you and understanding how this influences your present can help you make sense of your issues amidst possible distress and confusion. This perspective can help you heal from the past and learn effective coping strategies in order to develop a more enriching and fulfilling life, in a way that is meaningful to you. 

"Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place."

Paul Coelho

Counselling process
A welcoming and comfortable space where you can feel free to explore all of your concerns, and find a way forward.

I work with a broad range of presenting issues including (but not limited to); depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, physical, sexual and emotional abuse issues, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, low self-worth, feeling lost or unhappy, long term illness, workplace stress and emotional overwhelm. I can work both short-term and open-ended, depending on what issues my clients present with. I usually work in an open ended way with clients, which means we are not limited to a number of sessions. However, short term sessions can be effective for a specific issue or situation and I am available for this way of working.

It’s important to remember there are rarely clear-cut answers to life’s dilemmas and counselling is not designed to provide a quick fix. It is a mutual process that requires a commitment from both client and therapist and progress may take time. For many this is deeply valuable and can be a worthwhile and life-changing  experience. 

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