There are lots of reasons why we might need help from time to time. Making the decision to talk to someone and get much needed support is a step in the right direction.
Getting the help you need
There are often times when life feels completely overwhelming and lots of reasons why you might seek help; a problem that you just don’t feel you can discuss with anyone you know but that you want to resolve; a negative behaviour you want to change that may be holding you back; a life change you're struggling to adapt to; perhaps you're struggling with depression, stress, a trauma or a phobia and have thoughts constantly spinning around, keeping you awake at night; recovering mentally from a serious illness, or an addictive behaviour you want to change.
Sometimes we simply don’t understand why we don’t feel mentally or emotionally well; we just feel like we're in a dark place that we simply can't see a way out of. That’s when counselling and psychotherapy can really make a difference.
Sessions with a qualified therapist can give you that vital opportunity to share your worries confidentially and find solutions that meet your individual needs, helping you to move on with your life.
Making a brave decision
The decision to see a therapist may feel a bit daunting to begin with. Sometimes it’s a big decision, particularly if you’ve suffered a trauma or have a problem you’ve been holding on to for a long time. It takes courage to make that first step but I'm here to make that as gentle as possible for you.
As a therapist my first priority is to put you at ease and reassure you; sessions are entirely confidential and work at a pace that suits you. We work together to understand your problem or challenge, how you are feeling, what you want to achieve or change and agree between us how we can do that. Everyone is unique, with different needs, experiences and emotions so sessions are tailored to you.
I use a number of proven therapeutic (such as talking therapy, CBT, NLP and Human Givens therapy) combined with relaxation techniques and the latest neuroscience findings (this information can be really helpful to understand the 'why' behind our emotions). Human Givens therapy is incredibly effective - it centres around our fundamental needs as human beings for example, to feel in control, having a sense of purpose, having privacy or feeling secure. Further information can be found here.
I provide an empathetic, supportive and non-judgemental environment for adults and teenagers to explore and solve problems. I can also give you tools and techniques to help you maintain your well-being into the future, to build your personal resilience tool-kit.
During our sessions you only share what you feel comfortable to share. Those who have suffered past traumas for example, such as PTSD, will not want to relive that trauma by discussing it and feeling all the associated emotions (the Human Givens approach offers a particularly effective treatment even if full details are not shared – something which is particularly valued by veterans).
The first step is to have an informal, no obligation chat. It's really important that you feel comfortable with me and have confidence that I can help you. If you feel comfortable with me after our chat we can agree a date and time for our first session and go from there.
If you'd like to get in touch for an initial chat, click on the button below.