How can talking help?
Different people benefit differently from counselling. Some seek specific answers, whilst others need time to figure out their questions.
Clients often comment on the value of being able to say things out loud in the presence of another, and thereby making sense of their struggles in life.
Instead of giving advice, I will help you think about what is going on for you by providing a confidential space that allows you to try on different words or images to describe your situation, and to find your own way forward.
My training was in person-centred and psychodynamic counselling, both of which inform my practice. Person-centred counselling is based on the belief that every individual has the resources to grow within them whilst psychodynamic counselling is rooted in the theory that our past relationships shape how we experience life in the present.
My practice is rooted more firmly in psychodynamic than person-centred theory; however, both approaches emphasise the relationship between counsellor and client, and this trusting relationship is at the core of my practice. Having been in dark places myself, I am prepared to be alongside you as you explore yours. I aim to offer a space, in which we can reach an increased awareness of the options available in the areas of life that are troubling you.
I have worked with clients at different stages in their lives, from young adults trying to find a place and identity that feels right for them, to older individuals struggling with current or past life events. I value diversity and welcome all enquiries from all different backgrounds and identities, encouraging those that are underrepresented in society. Every client is unique.
Long-term vs. Short-term Counselling
Clients often ask how long it will take until they feel better. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all and it usually comes down to figuring out what you would like to get out of counselling, and then deciding on a time frame together. Depending on the issue(s) you bring, the work could be completed in a few sessions or could last several years. I have both short- and long-term experience, and try to work with clients to find a time frame that gives them what they need.
Regardless of how long we might work together, counselling is a courageous undertaking and I will commit to being alongside you through the difficult bits, as well as personal achievements.