About Counselling

Counselling offers a way for you to look at and work through issues that trouble you in life. Counselling creates a safe space to explore difficult emotions and experiences so you can re-imagine your life and future in more fulfilling ways. It can be difficult to let go of old behaviours, patterns and ways of thinking. Counselling offers a space that is non-threatening and non-judgmental where you will be valued and given space to find new ways of living.

When people find life hard it is natural to want to withdraw through shame or fear, or find behaviours that make us feel better but are unhealthy, and perhaps start relating in ways that aren’t genuine. However within an empathic counselling setting we have the potential to help us see ourselves in healthy creative ways, where intimacy is possible.

I work as an integrative counsellor, which means I try and undertand people from a variety of perspectives. I think that the past impacts our present experience of life, alongside our current relationships and situation. Through exploring our issues with a counsellor we can learn to gain insight into how our past has shaped us and how our current circumstances can be lived in more fruitful ways.

Counselling helps people take charge of their lives and honestly work through areas of relationships or behaviours that cause pain or control us. I am able to work with issues of:

Depression / Anxiety / Body Image / Addiction / Shame/ Trust/ Issues With Pornography / Eating Disorders / Mental Health Issues / Relationship Difficulties / Low Self Esteem / Self Harm / Trauma / Anger Management / Weight and Body Issues / Unresolved Past Hurts / Panic Attacks / Phobias / Working With Loved Ones Of People Struggling With Addiction / Emotional Difficulties / Stress

Within a counselling relationship you are enabled to build on the strengths you will already have whilst letting go or living more helpfully with those aspects of yourself you struggle with. This may involve learning skills to overcome problematic behaviours, or exploring present or past relationships and events that have caused or are causing hurt.

Counselling is not about being told how to live – ultimately you are always your own best counsellor when it comes to how to manage your life. It is about choosing to enter into a process that is aimed at helping you get the most from life, being free from emotional pain and learning to live the best life you can with what you have.

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