*Anxiety and panic attacks *Stress *Challenges at work *Relationships
*Grief and loss *Loneliness and isolation *Low self-esteem *Self doubt *Covid-19 life changes
What is Counselling?
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves" Viktor Frankl - 'Man's Search for Meaning'
Are you feeling that your normal calm resolve and knowing about your life, has been shaken? Do you feel off kilter and unable to think clearly and feel positive and purposeful right now? You are not alone.
We allow the hooks of the outside world to latch on and distract us from inner work. This is a critical time right now for us all, as what we believe about our lives is now being tested and shaken to see how robust we really are.
Finding a way to express your thoughts and release your emotions will give you fortitude to know you can cope and come to some resolution about your issues. Counselling can give you the space to look on your world with a different perspective. We are all bundles of memories, reactions, patterns of energy which can be a blanket of security and safe habits until things unravel. With counselling you can find some resolution as you learn the skills to recognise and maybe change your thought habits; separating them into their constituent parts, making things more manageable.
Therapy can be life changing.
The therapeutic process can lay down a solid foundation for self discovery, self acceptance and positive change.
My approach is humanistic, person-centered and can also be solution focused (CBT). An integrative approach - blending relevant theories and interventions to suit the needs of each client.. Let me explain what these mean.
Humanistic is a process wherein you are encouraged and supported to express who you really are. The way you experience the world and how you exist within it comes out in therapy – this is a very illuminating process and will give you immense insight into aspects of your life you want to change.
The person-centered approach encourages you, the client to take an active role in the therapeutic process. In order for this to truly occur a therapist must be empathic, non directive and accepting. This type of counselling is not about telling the client what do and give them advice. It is about providing a safe, accepting space in which a client can realise their own potential through their self-actualizing tendency, "an inbuilt proclivity toward growth and fulfilment". CARL ROGERS
Solution-focused work involves a goal orientated approach towards a specific issue. We will discuss goals you have and work towards achieving these using established CBT methods.
During these uncertain times, face-to-face counselling is not currently possible so all my counselling sessions are offered online. Online / video counselling offer increased flexibility and, while it is a different experience to that of face-to-face counselling, the service provided is no less professional or valuable. It also allows us to adhere to social distancing requirements, ensuring the safety of you and me.
Making the decision to attend counselling is a positive step and can offer support beyond that available from family or friends. It offers an environment in which you can express your feelings and gain deeper insight into your difficulties. Counselling sessions are also confidential, so you can talk about things you might not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else.
The aim is to help you find better ways to understand yourself, or to bring about changes to help you manage the way you think or behave to improve your mental and emotional well-being. You can choose to either engage in counselling for as long as you require or choose to be allocated a set amount of solution focused sessions with specific goals in mind - CBT work. The assessment phone-call will help us decide what will work best for you.