Many find the safe space that counselling offers helpful in gaining perspective - a place to press pause for a moment, to breathe, to reflect, and be heard.
People of all ages, and all walks of life, access counselling for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes something in the past has not been dealt with. Or something unsettling has happened that's impacting on daily life. Some common themes people bring include:
Inevitably any presenting issue may be caused by another underlying issue – for example self-harm may be caused by a complex family situation. Maybe you'd like to explore some unhelpful behavioural patterns; or just have the feeling that life isn’t being lived as it should.
Even a tiny step can lead to a big change ... but the first step is often the hardest before we can move forward to where we want to be in life.
With over 20 years’ experience in Education, Health and Wellbeing working for organisations such as Relate, the NHS, and Leeds Beckett University, my experience enables me to offer effective psychological support and work with a broad range of issues.
If you are facing an unsettling situation I'd like to reassure you that things can change. I provide a space of non judgement, giving you the time to voice your thoughts and feelings.
By listening to you I identify your concerns, help make sense of your world, and offer appropriate insight and resources to suit your individual needs.
I bring all my training, in Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural, and Solution Focused Therapies, into my work with you. It is my aim to help you become aware of your own resources and strengths.
It is also my hope that you can become kinder to yourself and make peace with anything that may be causing emotional distress.
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." - Lao Tzu
As a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) www.bacp.co.uk I abide by their ethical code. I’m fully qualified, insured and hold DBS enhanced certificates.
What is shared between you and a counsellor is completely confidential and will not be talked about outside the session. I will only need to break confidentiality if you, or someone else connected with you, may be at serious risk of harm - from yourself or other people. I will talk to you about the limits of confidentiality in our first session.
No matter how small or how big your concern is, the fact that something is on your mind means it’s important to you and deserves attention and respect.
And while some choose to work long term, the number of sessions you have is entirely up to you. For others even one session can be sufficiently beneficial - and all it takes to make that important first step.
All are welcome ~ individuals; couples, children, & adolescents.
Psychotherapy for Depression and Anxiety.
Depression, low mood, anxiety, trauma and grief are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Many experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances.
While a certain amount of anxiety is a normal part of life, sometimes thoughts and emotions seem to get stuck in our brain and we appear to be unwittingly reinforcing the traumatic memories by travelling over and over those same neural pathways.
Neuroscientists, whose area of study includes the brain and emotions, say that "when you can label a feeling - be it happy, sad or angry - it loses some of its charge and you don't feel so overwhelmed by it". (Sarah Rudell Beach).
Excessive anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. Counselling can help you create new pathways, overcome these symptoms, and guide you through the process of grief and healing. (For crisis situations please access the ‘About Counselling’ tab below, where you will discover helpful links and contacts).
"Once you choose hope, anything is possible.“
I offer a supportive space to explore many issues including relationship issues. It can be useful to have a neutral sounding board to explore choices and options.
A recent article in Therapy Today says that all relationships will include conflict at some point; it’s how you navigate that conflict that really matters. “Relationship counselling reminded us that ‘love’ is a verb, and we have to practise it every day.”
Counselling can be beneficial to those seeking to improve communication and strengthen their emotional connections to others.
Unhealthy patterns can be overcome (sometimes surprisingly quickly); and making unconscious behaviour conscious can be transformational to any relationship. If you're feeling stuck, or angry, or just plain frustrated, then getting a fresh perspective and seeing how things connect can really help.
Some also seek Psychotherapy to get insight into a happier way of relating to themselves.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
Counselling Children and Young People.
Sometimes just talking is enough and sometimes getting creative is more helpful in facilitating communication and letting go of worries.
I enjoy the spontaneity of working therapeutically with children and young people; and have considerable experience. I've set up two counselling services across two clusters in Leeds (in primary and secondary schools); I‘ve worked as a University Counsellor; and recently established a successful Wellbeing Service in a large Harrogate high school on behalf of Wellspring. www.wellspringtherapy.co.uk
I have many effective counselling tools; both practical and creative, that young people usually find most helpful. Counselling can be an enjoyable and safe way to express their concerns in order to move towards a happier healthier state.
“You find sometimes that a thing which seemed very thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”
Winnie the Pooh