"It's not the load that breaks you down. It's the way you carry it" ~ CS Lewis
If you are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or just a low mood and the impact that it has on your life, counselling can help. You do not need to be in crisis to benefit from counselling. Perhaps you are troubled by a negative self image, feelings of being ‘stuck’ or perhaps suffering from low self esteem. Ongoing concerns such as these can escalate over time if they are bottled up.
If we are lucky, we may have friends and family to turn to when we are struggling emotionally. This can sometimes be very helpful, but talking to a qualified and experience counsellor without bias can be a more effective solution.
Counselling provides a dedicated, non judgemental and confidential space where you can bring your thoughts and issues, and we can work together in partnership. Taking the time to reflect upon thoughts, behaviours and actions is a really positive experience. The goal is to encourage positive changes and enhanced wellbeing.
I can work with you to explore how past relationships and events may have impacted your current mindset. We can reflect upon the way you experience others and the world around you. This can help you to understand unhelpful patterns of behaviour and work towards making positive changes.
How Counselling works
I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where, together, we can explore the issues that have led you to this point in your life. The aim is to try and understand the causes behind them and to achieve more clarity and insight for you.
The first session will be an opportunity for us to explore if counselling is the right choice for you at the moment, and to establish a programme that would best meet your needs. I can offer time-limited work, to work on a very specific issue (minimum of 6 sessions) or longer-term therapy.
Counselling & Therapy can offer you a perspective on your emotional problems which you might have struggled with for a long time, and which you now feel you need to look at and maybe address.
Sometimes we all get stuck in patterns of behaviour which we learned at an early age, and then continue to repeat throughout our lives. If these patterns are unhelpful or destructive they can interfere with all of our relationships, both personal and professional.
Counselling can help us gain insight into patterns that no longer serve us well. With this self-awareness it becomes easier to make sense of confusing emotions or damaging behaviours, and then have the opportunity to change them.
Sometimes it is hard to know if counselling is what you need, especially if you have never spoken to anyone about your feelings and emotions before. It can feel daunting to take that first step. However most people feel the benefit even after the first session, because they have taken a positive step forward in beginning to address their problems and/or issues.
The sessions lasts for one hour. Sessions take place weekly on a day and time that is mutually convenient.