For me, my journey began when I was referred to counselling by my GP after suffering from low mood and insomnia following a significant life event. I had no idea what to expect when I entered that office room and was very nervous in my first few sessions. I hadn’t slept and I just felt low and sad, but doesn’t everyone? What if she thought I was wasting her time? What even is counselling anyway? As the weeks went by, I found that sharing my story with a stranger was powerful. She listened and accepted me without judgement and or trying to tell me what to do. My counsellor helped me recognise the situation I had been in, work through my feelings and experiences and slowly piece myself back together again. As my confidence grew, I began to feel lighter and more hopeful for the future. Skip forward to today and I have the privilege of being a fully qualified counsellor who works with clients from all walks of life - both online and in person. I honestly believe that counselling can be life changing - it was for me.
Integrative therapy provides a personal and individual approach to counselling. All humans are unique and flexibility and fluidity in sessions is vital to making sure each person can follow their own path. It is important to build a strong relationship where both client and counsellor can communicate and share what they need.
Whether you are a person who has counselling regularly or if this is your first time, it is normal to feel daunted or nervous at the thought of speaking to a stranger. I try my best to create a space in which you feel comfortable and safe. I am a humanistic, person centred counsellor. I believe that you are the expert in your own life. My role is to walk alongside you as you explore your issues and to help you identify the skills and tools you have to find your own way forward. I can support you with new perspectives, resources and coping strategies, but most of all I will listen to what you need to share allowing you to feel heard. We can work creatively, we can talk or we can be in silence - the space is yours for whatever you need. Everybody faces challenges in their lives and we don't always have the resources to cope on our own. In these moments, counselling can help. The essential qualities which I believe create a safe, supportive and challenging therapeutic relationship include: - A profound acceptance of you. - A desire to understand you and your experiences - A commitment to being transparent, open and honest in our relationship