About My counselling and stress management service
My service provides COUNSELLING, STRESS MANAGEMENT and MINDFULNESS for adults 18 years and above, I work from my home where I have a quiet, peaceful room set aside, and I do some home visits too. The first appointment is for us to meet to find out what has brought you to counselling and if we can work together as counsellor and client and ascertain a way forward. That way forward may be short term solution focused therapy or longer term counselling for deeper issues.
I work holistically with clients looking at the person as a whole, gaining an understanding of the bigger picture of a client's life using a multi-model integrative approach. Each and every one of us is an individual and we all have our own characteristics and idiosyncrasies of which I take into consideration to provide a counselling service that is effective and enables my clients to understand themselves in their own way using their own sense of self, together with my experience, knowledge and professional competence.
It can be quite daunting, the thought of talking to a counsellor about personal problems: just remember it is a professional service and counsellors who follow ethical guidelines will have had counselling themselves and will adhere to their professional governing body's code of ethics including confidentiality. Counselling does require you to take responsibility for your own behaviour, and to make some changes, but those changes can lead to a far more harmonious life, with greater peace of mind. The counselling process does not only take place in the counselling room, it continues between each appointment and after you stop seeing your therapist, so you will have tools and strategies you can use with whatever life throws your way. Especially in today's ever changing world where most of us experience many stressful situations and it's been documented and reported many times in the press that approximately 75% of GP visits are associated with STRESS. There is a clear correlation between stress and disease. Maybe it's time for you to address and reduce your stress.
I truly believe that my clients all have the answers to their own problems: I am there to facilitate clients to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and find those answers. This enables them to feel empowered, autonomous and confident in their own ability to trust themselves to make the right decisions in order to make the necessary changes. Counselling is a process, and as a therapist it's greatly rewarding to be with a client and watch the process come to fruition and see a client gradually live in a more satisfying, harmonious and resourceful way.
As Carl Jung said, "The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
I work with an integrative approach which includes
- Person Centred Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
- Mindfulness and Relaxation Therapies and Techniques
- Body Mind Connection and Trauma Release
During my training I studied the works of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Carl Rogers, Eric Berne, John Bowlby and Elisabeth Kubler Ross all who influence my work.
Having a knowledge of various different approaches is beneficial to clients as 'one size does not fit all', therefore the therapy can be adapted. Knowing and using counselling theories is of course vital in my work, I also fully believe that the professional therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is absolutely vital in how successful the therapy will be. Knowledge of the theories and providing a safe, respectfully confidential, trusting, empathetic and congruent environment without the client feeling judged is fundamental to my practice.
I work with life situations including: (this list is not exhaustive)
- Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Stress
- Bereavement and Loss
- Health Related Issues and Pain Management
- Relationship Difficulties
- Work Challenges
- Self Defeating Behaviours Including OCD and Weight Issues.
I offer Mindfulness Workshops for small groups of people in my own home or at an alternative venue. For further details please email or call me.
I adhere to the National Counselling Society's and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapist's 'Ethical code of Practice' framework which enables me to work professionally within a safe environment. I have professional supervision regularly and attend courses for Continuous Personal Development.