When our everyday coping strategies fail to keep us happy or secure, it is a sign that something needs paying attention to, in order to develop an understanding of what troubles us and why. Sometimes this is fairly obvious – and sometimes matters need more unpacking and exploring. I firmly believe everyone deserves happiness and the ability to be free to be the best version of themselves, no matter at what stage in life someone finds themselves in emotional difficulty. Sometimes help is needed to explore painful feelings, let go of limiting beliefs and find a way of expressing the part of ourselves that feels stuck in order to move past that which holds us back in life and develop better self-care and more supportive strategies for managing life’s ups and downs. This impacts on how we view and relate to ourselves as well as the nature and quality of our relationships with others, all of which I see as central to our capacity for a sense of ease and connectedness.
Counselling provides a safe, secure and non-judgemental space in which to explore difficult feelings and relationships, where confidentiality is essential to connection between therapist and client. In developing a trusting and compassionate working relationship it is possible to find a different position or perspective from which to gently examine and challenge painful feelings and thought patterns and begin to establish healthier ways of being and relating to others.
My counselling background is primarily psychodynamic, which seeks to explore unconscious processes and what drives them, with a regard for how the past informs the present. Generally my work is informed and influenced by other models of counselling in an integrative style for a more rounded response to an individual’s needs as required. I abide by the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and my practice is guided by BACP’s good practice standards and its requirement for regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
I have worked in both a voluntary and private capacity as a counsellor for over 7 years and am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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