Counselling is a process of talking about and working through your personal problems with a counsellor. The counsellor helps you to address your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness. For some people, just the process of telling their story to a counsellor, and being listened to, is helpful. A counsellor is a trained, objective professional with whom you can build a healing and trusting relationship. They are trained to offer different types of assistance; most frequently talking-based styles of therapy.
Counselling is based on a trusting professional relationship where you feel safe to talk about challenges. I strive to make you feel comfortable, to listen respectfully and understand what it is you want to get out of your time in counselling. We work together on understanding your challenges, accepting them, managing them and solving the solvable problems. I bring a warm, compassionate and practical approach to counselling in helping you to resolve challenges in your life.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2005 in a variety of settings including NGO’s, Community Agencies, Primary Mental Health and Educational Settings. I trained in Counselling, Social Work, Family Therapy and CBT. I have worked in the community undertaking Family Therapy and also in agencies where I have worked with a number of issues including anxiety, depression, life changes, divorce, separation, sexual abuse and self-esteem. I have worked with women and facilitated women’s groups for those affected by a partner’s abuse, violence and /or infidelity. I have worked with couples and relationship challenges.
I draw on a variety of models to support people to resolve personal, work or psychological challenges. I will work with you to help you better understand yourself and your choices. I will assist you to be able to see the various aspects of a challenge and help you to find solutions to assist you to move forward.