About Counselling

As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I understand that sometimes life can be difficult and overwhelming. From time to time we all need a little help, support and understanding from someone who won't judge us. Your difficulties could be anything from day to day life getting you down to unresolved issues from the past that are influencing today.
Whatever your difficulties I can offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The aim of the counselling is moving forward with a better understanding of yourself and hopefully living a more fulfilled life.
We all need to be listened to, to be heard and to be understood. I will support you every step of the way on your journey to a more fulfilled you. There is no difficulty too small or trivial. If it matters to you, it matters.

Counselling Theories

As an Integrative counsellor I am able to draw upon several counselling theories to help meet your needs.
  • Person-Centred approach to therapy is non-directive and based on the idea that the client is the expert in their own lives. Given the right circumstances, you are capable of change to reach your full potential.

    Person-centred counselling is a humanistic approach founded in the 1940s by the American psychologist Carl Rogers who believed that, given the right conditions, a person can reach their full potential and become their true self, which he termed ‘self-actualisation’. This actualisation process is innate and accessible to everyone.

  • Transactional Analysis (TA) is another of the methods of therapy that can be integrated to help explain behaviour and improve communication.

    Transactional Analysis is a widely recognised form of modern psychology founded in the late 1950s by Eric Berne. It is designed to promote personal growth and change using various concepts, tools and models to analyse how individuals communicate and identify what interaction is needed for a better outcome.

    Transactional analysis is a talking therapy and sessions are intended to explore an individual’s personality and how this has been influenced by past experience, particularly those stemming from childhood. This is accomplished through proficient questioning and the use of several models, practices and tools.

  • Gestalt is an approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the here and now and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on the past.

    Gestalt Therapy refers to a form of psychotherapy that derives from the gestalt school of thought, developed in the late 1940s by Fritz Perls. The approach focuses on self-awareness and the ‘here and now’ (what is happening form one moment to the next). It recognises that this self-awareness can sometimes become blocked by negative thought patterns and behaviours that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy.

    The aim is to help an individual become more aware of how they think, feel and act in the present moment to help them find ways in which a person can alleviate current issues and distress.

  • Counselling Sessions

    Our time together is based on you, your needs and whatever you choose to discuss. We will work at your pace and to your agenda. Please be assured that your best interests are at the heart of every session.
    It may be that one or two sessions are enough for you to talk things through or that a longer-term therapeutic relationship would better meet your needs. Whatever your requirements, I can cater for them.
    I have been amazed and inspired by many of my clients who have worked through their difficulties. In the face of much adversity, to achieve the changes that once seemed impossible, to completely turn their lives around.