The decision to enter therapy can be a daunting one. When you make contact, if it feels helpful to you, we can have a brief chat and I can answer any questions you may have. Counselling provides a confidential space where you can talk freely and openly without fear or defences and I can offer a warm, accepting, non-judgemental relationship.
Psychodynamic counselling focuses on both the past and present. A key element of this approach is recognising that our behaviours are influenced by our unconscious motivations, and that early experiences significantly influence our current experiences, especially in relation to others. It provides an opportunity to explore and recognise the unconscious motivations behind behaviours and feelings.
I do not offer advice or direction but rather provide a secure space to explore your thoughts, worries and difficulties, at your own pace, and gain a greater understanding of the underlying causes. Counselling can help you explore these objectively and can help build self-acceptance, self-esteem and confidence. It can provide a sense of relief and enable changes to be made and give you a greater sense of control over your life.
We all experience difficulties in life and might need some extra support. You may be feeling isolated or alone with what is troubling you or may have family or friends who are trying to help you and offer advice but it may be difficult to find the space to be open and honest about how you are really feeling.
If you choose to make an appointment, we can discuss a suitable time slot. The first appointment is usually a longer appointment so we can explore what has brought you to counselling, introduce the way in which we may work together, alongside any questions you may have. If at the of the first session, we decide together to proceed with ongoing counselling, we can discuss the options available to you. Sessions can be attended in my own private space in Chelmer Village.
Ongoing sessions are 50 minutes in duration and available in the early mornings, daytime and some evenings.
I am a BACP accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor. I work with adults of all ages, experiencing a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties.
Since 2008 I have worked with people experiencing all types of loss and grief. However, I offer a wide range of support with issues such as; anxiety, depression, feelings of anger/irritability, low self-esteem and confidence, family and relationship issues, bullying, abuse, work related problems, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and trauma. As well as many other issues which may be impacting upon your emotional wellbeing and relationships.
I know that counselling can be difficult and painful at times, it touches on the deepest parts of ourselves which we can avoid. I am an adaptive and creative counsellor who is passionate about working with each person to experience those aspects of themselves they find difficult, recognising each persons own unique capacity for healing, self-awareness and growth.
If you're ready to see how counselling can help you.
I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor, working within the BACP ethical framework. I have a commitment to regularly updating my skills, knowledge and experience and as such participate in ongoing professional development. For more information please refer to the BACP website.
I attend regular Clinical Supervision to ensure my practice is ethical and effective.