Counselling is a special kind of conversation that can provide support, independent guidance, and a place to find answers and healing. It can also bring about lasting changes you want to make for yourself.
If you’re struggling with your feelings, I’ll help you to understand and manage them so you can find out what it is you need to become comfortable. If your thinking is driving you crazy, if you want to quieten the noise,or if you’ve developed habits that are unhelpful, exhausting, or harmful, we’ll find new ways which solve these. Or if something has happened to you, with our time together, we’ll work out how to rebuild and live a life that has value. In fact whatever it is that brings you here, nothing is too trivial or too big to help with.
About Integrative counselling.
Each person likes to use therapy in different ways. Some benefit from a free flowing conversational approach, others prefer tools and techniques or learning, and for many a mix works best. I will also share my thinking, experience and knowledge and teach new skills when helpful.
As an Integrative therapist I have the benefit of being able to draw from a comprehensive range of therapy approaches and blend them in ways that work for you. This also allows me to be responsive in our sessions to what comes up and to adjust how we work to match the progress you make.
When helpful I can also show you ways you can continue with between sessions to speed up therapy.
My aim is to empower you to be able to make any changes you want for yourself and leave feeling confident you have the self- knowledge, coping skills and ability to shape your life in ways that it works for you.
That’s why rather than just addressing symptoms or isolating individual facts, we look to see how (all aspects of your life and personality) all things connect to cause your’ difficulties, like looking closely at the pieces of a jigsaw, and then stepping back and looking at the bigger picture. With what you see you will understand more about yourself, the cause of your difficulties, and gain new perceptions and possibilities for yourself. We will then explore and find new ways of approaching life which enables you to, feel comfortable and make the positive changes you want for yourself.
We make the changes you want in the room. When you take these into your daily life they not only give you powerful tools to mange but can become a natural part of who you are, adding to the existing qualities you already like about yourself.
An holistic approach will also naturally increase self-confidence, assured thinking, emotional resilience and enable you to make more of all your relationships.
Some of the difficulties I regularly help with:
- Relationship difficulties (when you struggle in a relationship or to maintain one)
- Anxiety/ constant worry and Generalized anxiety disorder.
- Negative / critical thinking
- Feeling unsafe or weak for showing emotions
- Depression / sadness
- Poor self- image / not feeling good enough
- Panic attacks
- Phobias /OCD
- Instinctive people pleasing
- Anger/ over reacting
- Issues from childhood
- Self -harm
- Bereavement and the pain of loss
- Trauma & PTSD (physical, emotional and sexual)
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- ADHD, Asperger’s
- Parenting issues
- Sexual difficulties