I believe that anyone seeking personal change can benefit from counselling.
Whether you are struggling with relationship difficulties, the stresses of life, overwhelming emotions, a past trauma that is still affecting you, or simply looking for a space in which to be heard, counselling may help you.
If you are not sure whether counselling is for you, it may be worth booking a free half-hour meeting to help you decide whether it could be valuable for you in your particular situation.
Counselling can be a transformative experience. It may give you the courage to make significant changes to your life or the confidence to overcome things you feel have been holding you back. Alternatively, it may simply be a place in which you can be with your suffering and release some of the distress you keep hidden during everyday life.
Counselling is a professional relationship fashioned to put the client's wellbeing at its heart. The idea of "growth" will fit for some clients, others will prefer to think of "progress", "healing" or "acceptance". The aim is to open up new space for positive change to take place in your life.
I am grounded in the person-centred tradition and believe in the potential of the individual for positive growth. For me, counselling involves allowing myself to be affected by another person, attempting to deeply understand, so that my own thoughts and feelings may be of use to the other person. I will not be trying to "work you out", to give you advice or apply fixes. Instead, I will strive to listen deeply and be alongside you in your situation. I aim to help you discover your own way forwards.
I am a qualified person-centred therapist and have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Cumbria. This two year course involved extensive self-reflection that both enhanced my understanding of myself and mirrored elements of the therapeutic journey taken by many clients.
Further, the course encouraged me to explore genuine openness and the challenges and rewards of meeting others without the masks we tend to hide behind in daily life. As a result, I am a counsellor who will always try to be myself with you. This doesn't mean I will share my life-story with you, but it means I will try to respond as honestly and openly as I can to what you bring. There are no clever or hidden tricks to person-centred counselling. For me, it is about being as grounded as possible in my own humanity so that I can be with you in yours.