Counselling provides a regular time and place for you to talk about your troubles and explore difficult feelings, in an environment that is supportive, safe, dependable, free from intrusion and totally confidential. In difficult situations it can help you to:
- Understand clearly your problem
- Feel more in control of your life
- Learn how to cope more easily
- Find your own solution
- Approach life in a fresh way
You might consider counselling if you are experiencing:
There are many different types and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. Some of these you may already have experienced, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) or Person Centred Therapy, some of them you may have just heard of. I describe myself as an integrative therapist and this is what I am trained in. My view is that one size does not fit all when it comes to psychotherapy.
Different clients with different needs require different approaches at different times. An integrative approach draws on different schools of thought and ways of working to produce the most effective therapy for each individual client.
The relationship between client and therapist is at the core of the work being done. I will offer you respect, empathy and warmth and allow you the chance to explore your feelings at your own pace.
I strive to be non judgemental at all times and use my active listening skills to reflect back to you how you see your issues and when appropriate perhaps offer an alternative view. I will offer gentle challenge when appropriate and will use congruence and honesty throughout the relationship.