Counselling is a talking therapy which can be done in person, online or over the telephone.
Alongside listening I offer explanations, reflections and alternative perspectives. I may ask questions to help you understand your emotions and experiences. We explore techniques to help you manage and cope with situations and difficulties. I like to include creative options and mindfulness techniques as well as listening in a non-judgemental way.
How does this help? It helps by having a space where you are able to discuss how you are feeling, often just naming how we are feeling brings a sense of relief. Counselling helps make sense of what is bothering you as you begin to understand and work through painful or harmful feelings and thoughts. This allows space for positive feelings and greater confidence in your own abilities to deal with what is happening in your life.
We will explore what has brought you to counselling. Many people seek help for anxiety and depression; however, some are aware of feeling stressed and lacking in motivation or just overwhelmed. You may be grieving and not know how to move forward or be conscious of behaviours that feel out of control. There is no set way to experience this, what matters is how this feels like for you and the ways it is impacting your day-to-day life.
By noticing patterns and behaviours that are no longer helpful we consider alternatives. In recognising distorted thinking about yourself or the situation and you become able to ask is this true? You will have the space and time to process whatever you need for as long as you need. It may be a few sessions; it can be longer; you are the one who chooses.
These are some of the things people have experienced when they come to counselling with me.
- Low Mood
- Self Harm
- Suicidal thoughts
- Eating Disorders
“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light”