My belief is that if a person has a problem, they also have the answer.
My interest in counselling probably began from my own life struggles and the realisation that talking alleviated some of the feelings and helped to provide some clarity. Working with many clients over the years has reinforced my belief in the power of talking. Instead of locking everything inside in some kind of inaccessible crypt, talking allows us to externalise issues that are bothering us. It’s only possible to talk honestly and openly when the relationship is accepting and non-judgemental, as we can then describe the issue more fully. When our issues are externalised through talking we are able to create just enough distance for a moment to observe the issue from all angles. We shift from perhaps feeling that we are the issue (or are stuck with the issue) to greater clarity of things we can and cannot change. This clarity offers us hope that we can make some changes or it can help us identify what we might need in accepting the things we can’t change.
A counsellor will likely notice things you might not as you describe the issue. The purpose of counselling is to help you increase your awareness. Knowledge is power and the more we can know about ourselves in relation to our issues, the more empowered and hopeful we feel (rather than feeling helpless, hopeless and stuck).
If we aren’t able to externalise our issues they can feel overwhelming and create profound unhappiness. This can manifest in depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties or even physical illness. These are often reasons people seek help from a counsellor.
I offer a confidential service to help clients who are experiencing a range of issues, such as: Anger, Bereavement, Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Childhood Abuse, Stress, Burn-Out, Trauma, Workplace Issues, Relationship Difficulties and Past Issues.
If you would like more information on how I could help you please contact me on:
07748 983248 or email me here
Important Information About Data Protection
New GDPR data protection legislation came into force on 25thMay 2018. This governs the way your data is handled. This means that I need your signed consent in order to hold information about you. The processes I have put in place are:
I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.org.uk).
I am the only person who has access to contact details and session notes.
All your information is kept in a secure environment and is used solely for administration and contact purposes.
Your paper contact details are kept separate from your anonymised session notes.
Your contact details may be stored electronically in order to contact you by telephone or email, or for billing purposes. You have the right for these details to be deleted on request.
Session notes are kept on paper only and are retained for 6 years (in line with the Statute of Limitations Act 1980), after which time they will be shredded.
You have the right to view session notes within one month of requesting this. If a full paper copy is required there will be a reasonable charge incurred for the related costs of producing them.
In the event of my death or incapacitation my supervisor will ensure that all contact details and session notes are destroyed.
By signing my GDPR form, you confirm that you have read and understood this information and that you give your consent to the above.