Although many of us are surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, there are lots of different reasons why we don’t talk to them about things we are struggling with or feel upset about:
We don’t want them to be upset
We don’t want to burden anyone
We are too embarrassed to share
We worry that no-one will understand
We are unsure who we can trust
Sometimes we just don’t want others to know what is going on
Counselling is an opportunity to talk to a trained professional without being given advice or being told what to do or say. It is a space where you can be yourself, think about cycles of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, find clarity at times when you feel really stuck, develop greater self-understanding and consider the possibility of choices and change, including deciding not to choose.
I understand that taking the first steps towards finding a counsellor can often feel daunting or scary. There are no guarantees it will work, but counselling can be a helpful and rewarding experience - an experience that is different for everyone because we are all different.
Since we all need different support, I offer both short and long term work to best accommodate your specific needs. Short term therapy can be helpful for a major life event, coping strategies and working with specific goals, whilst long term therapy tends to support a broader range of issues and challenges.
Some client testimonials
"I can’t overstate the part that you have played in getting me through the last 6 months. During the darkest days, knowing that l was going to see you on a Friday always gave me strength and hope."
"Over the past few months you have helped me tremendously. There has been a noticeable change to my attitude and stress level both at work and in my personal life which I cannot thank you enough for."
"Thank you for guiding me to a healthy place I didn’t think was attainable 3 months ago. You have helped me to accept my emotions and value them in a way I never could before. I am so grateful for everything you have done to help me unpick my problems and be where I am now."
"You were so warm, welcoming and deeply understanding when I first walked through the door, terrified of how I was feeling and not sure how I was going to cope with the rest of my life. You helped me understand that how I was feeling was OK and that there was no shame in it. I just have to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have no idea how much I appreciate what you have given to me over the last 3 months."
"Thank you so much for your help, kindness and empathy - it has been invaluable."
"You have just been such a massive help to me and I am very grateful for that."