Many of us know from first hand experience that talking to another person can be invaluable in helping us to understand ourselves better, or in unravelling experiences and situations that we are struggling to come to terms with or would like to change. I can offer a calm and supportive environment in which to do this, albeit one where challenging questions can be addressed. As a counsellor I am trained to listen and respond without judging you; as a person I am compassionate and down to earth. My approach is not to give advice or to tell you what is right or wrong, but to help you to feel empowered to make your own choices and decisions.
I aim to work collaboratively with you, starting with your individual needs and what is important to you, supporting you so that you can gain insight and make meaningful choices and changes. As an integrative therapist, I draw on several approaches to find the best and most appropriate way of working with you.
Understanding our early relationships can be helpful in shedding light on difficulties that we are experiencing in the present, so I will be interested in hearing about your past experiences as well as your current ones. Sometimes we may explore what is going on between us in the therapy as a way of uncovering patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving that have become habitual but may not be working for you. Together we will work towards creating new patterns that could help you to live a more fully realised life.