“We function emotionally, intellectually and spiritually at a level of complexity that is often difficult to make sense of on our own”
Stephanie Dowrick, Intimacy and Solitude
Our lives are a complex mix of relationships, emotions and pressures, which are heightened by life events such as bereavement and loss, traumatic experiences, relationship breakdown. These can strongly affect us, sometimes becoming overwhelming, confusing and very stressful. We can quite inexplicably feel low, lacking in energy and purpose.
How often do we allow ourselves, or have the opportunity, to talk openly about ourselves, or find someone who will truly and genuinely listen, without judging or offering their own experiences as good advice?
Counselling offers you the opportunity to reflect on what is going on for you at the moment, what may have happened in the past, what you would like to happen in the future and how you can influence that process. To understand and make sense of it all.
I believe we all have the ‘ tools’ within us to overcome what life throws at us but these can be ‘locked up’ by how we have responded to past situations, leaving us feeling helpless, disempowered and alone.
A counselling session normally lasts one hour. I will listen to you, perhaps prompting you gently with questions and reflections, hopefully moving you towards some understanding of your feelings and how to cope with them. In the session it is important that you feel able to share difficult feelings and emotions with me and to know that what you share is confidential.
“Psychotherapy (Counselling) is the releasing of an already existing capacity in a potentially competent individual, not the expert manipulation of a more or less passive personality”
Carl Rogers, 1959
I am an experienced Health Professional and Person-centred Counsellor. I believe in the inherent good of the individual and the capacity for people to make changes and discover and fulfil their potential in life.
I am a Registered, Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.