Counselling is an umbrella term for many forms of talking therapy. People come along to counselling for all sorts of reasons, but I think it would be fair to say that they are in some sort of distress and want to get to the bottom of it and find a way of feeling better!
When we meet, we will spend some time looking at what you see as your difficulties now, but we will also spend some time looking at what your earlier experiences have been. We are all shaped by our past and some of our time may well be spent on exploring the impact of your past on your present, both in how those experiences are having a negative impact on your present, but also the strengths you have as a consequence of these experiences. By increasing our awareness of the person we are now and the reasons we are this way can be enormously empowering and sometimes this is all that is needed to set my clients on a better path in life.
However, sometimes our work can highlight areas in your life that, because of a difficult past, do not work so well in the present. I am experienced and skilled at identifying these areas and offer many different (evidence-based) strategies to improve these areas. Examples of these might be general emotional self-care; specific anxiety management; confidence building; negative self talk; interpersonal skills and relationship management.
For those people who have experienced trauma in their past, whether it be a one-off incident or multiple traumas, I offer EMDR as an effective way of resolving this, which can be integrated into our work. Please see my EMDR page for a description of this therapy and what it is effective for.
Please be assured that whatever your difficulties are, our work together is collaborative. We will be working together to find the best solutions for you. As a part of this we will have regular reviews of our work to ensure that we are working towards what you want to achieve. I am experienced at working in a time-effective and efficient way to get to the heart of the matter quickly and to find effective resolution to even the most long-standing of difficulties. Thus I can offer shorter-term therapy as well as longer-term contracts for those clients where it might be appropriate.