My beliefs: How Counselling and Psychotherapy can help
As I am strongly influenced by the humanistic therapies this means I believe that each person is a unique individual and has the answers to their problems within themselves. It also means that my work stems from ideas informed by Person-centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Focusing and Existential therapies. As a humanistic therapist, in order for counselling/psychotherapy to be helpful, I believe it is important to be empathic and develop an honest, accepting and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship with you, the client, listening to you with the respect, understanding and compassion you deserve. Within the therapeutic space, I endeavour to communicate my own experience of you as a human being interacting with me as another human being. Life and counselling/psychotherapy can both be 'messy' - both can get difficult at times and it is in working through these difficult times openly and honestly that counselling can be most effective, assisting in making meaning of, and clarifying things that are unclear, and making sense of where we are and where we might want to go in our lives. Whilst we cannot change regrets from the past we can perhaps try our best to ensure that at a future point in time we reduce the acquisition of new regrets from this point forward and change repetitive and destructive thinking patterns and behaviours that may once have worked for us, but now seem to be causing us problems. In offering a safe space counselling/psychotherapy can enable you to explore and make sense of emotional events in the past, that are often too painful and difficult to discuss with people who know you - making sense of the way you experience and live your life. There are no magic answers or cures but I aim to provide an opportunity for you to explore the choices available to you and how you want to make decisions about them, in the light of a deeper understanding of yourself. Thereby leading to the potential for enriching and enhancing your life, by changing the way you respond to others and the world around you and effecting change in how others and the world respond to you. My focus is always your well-being and psychological health.
My experience to date includes working with people having faced difficulties and challenges in the following areas of life:
- Low Self-Esteem
- Bereavement and Loss
- Relationship and Interpersonal difficulties
- Life Transitions
- Disability related difficulties
- Sexual and Sexuality related difficulties
- Life Limiting Illnesses
- Eating Disorders
- Self-Harming Behaviours
Need more information?
I am always happy to help. Contact me on 07747 445534 or use my contact form. If I feel I am not the right person to help you personally I am always willing to refer you to someone or another organisation I think would be in a better position to do so. Your well-being is always my primary concern.