My Approach to Counselling

Counselling is a way of working with people in a safe and confidential environment to help clarify thoughts and feelings about issues that may be troubling you and helps you to find ways in which to cope.

I work in a humanistic way which means I believe everyone is unique and has strengths and resources of their own. At certain times in our lives it becomes difficult to recognise these positive feelings. By offering a non-judgemental, accepting and safe relationship, I can help you explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours connected to the issues that you have brought to counselling.  This promotes subconscious thoughts to become conscious, giving you a different perspective, understanding and greater awareness. It is with this new awareness that you can begin to make changes to your life.

I work primarily from a Person Centred model which is non directive but as I believe that one model does not suit all, I also work integratively drawing on aspects of other ways of working including Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Transactional Analysis (TA),

Find out more about these different approaches

Who is it for?

There are many challenges that we encounter throughout our lives that we may need help to overcome. This list shows some of the issues I could help you with:-

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Abuse/Domestic violence
  • Bereavement/loss
  • Redundancy/loss of job
  • Health problems/cancer/disability etc
  • Work issues
  • Trauma
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Relationship issues

Couples counselling

Over time relationships can experience many changes and challenges in our modern world i.e. expectations, becoming parents, career changes, illness, affairs, loss and bereavement, all of which can cause conflicts and stress.  If these are not resolved it can cause arguments and miscommunication which can leave us feeling angry, disappointed, rejected, lonely and resentful.

I offer a safe, neutral and non judgmental space to help couples explore their issues and concerns.  This can help identify patterns of behavior as you talk through your experiences which can lead to greater understanding and clarity about the changes that are needed in your relationship and improve communication.