Counselling and psychotherapy is an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings with someone who is trained to help. Talking therapies are designed to support people when they are experiencing difficulties or distress in their lives. People often find it easier to talk about these issues with a professional than with friends and family.

If you would like to read more about counselling and psychotherapy please see the links below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/counselling/
https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/what-therapy-can-help-with/

Individual Counselling

People come to counselling for many different reasons, whether it is due to mental health difficulties, challenging life events, or just to explore and understand themselves better. Some of the reasons people may seek counselling include:

Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or confidence, relationship difficulties, divorce, bereavement, stress, childhood abuse, trauma, work-related issues and personal development.

Therapy can help you to get a better understanding of your thoughts and feelings, and to make positive changes in your life. Where life events are out of your control, therapy can help you to come to terms with them and accept the things that cannot be changed.

Relationship counselling

I also offer relationship/couples counselling and approach this with the same principles that underpin individual therapy, you can feel reassured that it is confidential and non-judgemental. Couples come to therapy for a variety of reasons, including communication problems, intimacy issues, infidelity or breakdown of trust. My aim is to understand the dynamics of the relationship in order to help you as a couple communicate better with one another and find a way through difficulties within the relationship. It is important that both partners have an equal opportunity to speak and to hear one another and I will provide the space for that.

What to Expect

When you first contact me we can agree on an initial meeting date and I’ll give you more information on how to find me. I will also offer you the option of a telephone conversation before we meet so that you can ask me any questions, and I can get an understanding of what you would like from counselling.

In our first session I will ask you for some background information to get a picture of what has brought you to counselling at this particular time and what you would like to get out of it. More importantly, it is also a chance for you to get a sense of how I work and whether you feel like we can work well together. At the end of this session, if you are happy to go ahead, we can book in a time for ongoing sessions.