Counselling provides a regular time and space for people to talk about their concerns and explore difficult feelings in an environment that is dependable, free from intrusion and confidential. A counsellor should respect your viewpoint while helping you deal with specific problems, cope with a crisis, improve your relationships, or develop more fulfilling ways of living.
It is useful to remember that counsellors don’t usually offer advice. Instead, they help you gain insight into your feelings and actions and support you to change your behaviour, if necessary. They do this by listening to what you have to say and giving you feedback from their particular professional perspective.
The most important thing about counselling is whether it works. And because everyone is different, I aim to support you by using a range of interventions that will match your individual needs and which my experience tells me might be most effective for you.
I am a BACP Accredited, integrative counsellor [BA (Hons), Cert. Couns, Dip. Couns., The City Literary Institute, 2001, London] with a person-centred background, which means that one of the most important factors during the therapy process will be the strength and quality of our professional relationship. When we meet, the “assessment” will be a two-way event, during which we both decide whether we can work together in a way that will entail trust, courage, and willingness to make positive changes.
I have 20 years of experience of working within several diverse areas, such as depression and anxiety, self-development, relationships and separation, bereavement (including pet bereavement), domestic violence, substance misuse, work-related stress, support for carers, sexual abuse, and parenting. I have delivered training and counselling to clients in the criminal justice system (including those in custody), and to their families. I have worked as a counselor at a GP practice, providing general therapy to the patients and training to medical students.. I have also trained other professionals and organisations which offer therapeutic interventions. Until recently, I have managed a substance misuse project in West London, which offered therapy and advocacy service to the families facing issues of substance misuse and offending behaviour. I have also facilitated a thriving support group for family members of service clients. I am a Member of BACP and subscribe to their professional Code of Ethics and Conduct.
Here are some of the reasons that often bring people into therapy:
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY COPING WITH LOSS WORK RELATED STRESS
SEXUAL ABUSE AND RAPE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT RELATIONSHIP ISSUES
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SEXUALITY/IDENTITY ADDICTIONS
PET BEREAVEMENT PARENTING CARERS
If you are struggling with any of these issues, and would like some support –
– I might be able to help.