How I work
My training is in the Relational Approach which draws on a number of different counselling theories and has human relationships at its very heart. Relational counselling can support us to explore the way we relate to both ourselves and other people in our lives. Becoming aware of our repeating relational patterns can help us identify the ones that are unhelpful or causing problems in our lives. Exploring these in a supportive environment can begin to shift some of the less helpful ways we have of relating to ourselves and those around us.
I do not have a rigid way of working and will use my skills and experience to work with you in order to support you to get the most out of your counselling and your life. My approach is practical and responsive. Our first session is an opportunity for us to meet and talk together about what has led you to seek counselling. It is also an opportunity to get an idea of how it would be for us to work together and whether or not counselling with me could be a useful way forward for you.
I have had the opportunity to work with people from many different backgrounds who have come to counselling with a huge variety of life experiences, an aspect of my job that I really enjoy. Some people have come for a short period of counselling and have got what they needed from 6 or 10 sessions whereas others have wanted to work for longer and we have worked together for over 2 years. I have experience of working with people with a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, ageing, low self-confidence or self-esteem, abuse and bullying, PTSD and issues around sexual identity.