What is Counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy and can be helpful if you would like to develop a better understanding of yourself or others, if you are experiencing emotional difficulties or if you would like support understanding your relationships. Perhaps you are seeking a sense of balance in your life or struggling to cope with something distressing or unsettling that is happening now or happened in the past. 

Counselling offers a safe and confidential space to explore your feelings, emotions, thought processes and behaviours. By helping you to make more sense of yourself, your relationships and the world around you, it can change or improve how you relate to others. 

Building a trusting and therapeutic relationship is an essential part of counselling. Through this relationship there can be a sense of acceptance and belief that allows change to occur within us, without shame or judgment. 

Where to start?

You have already taken the courageous and difficult step in seeking out counselling. 

You may feel overwhelmed or intimidated at the idea of counselling. Maybe you feel unsure if it will even work or help you. 

My personal experiences and working with clients in counselling has shown me that it can work. It is incredible to experience how we can grow in self-belief, making decisions for the benefit of our emotional wellbeing and become the person we truly want to be. 

It may sound a lot to take in. You can start with a free initial 30-minute consultation to explore more of what counselling is and what you would like from it.  

How long do I need?

I offer short-term or long-term counselling sessions in multiple locations. 

Together we can explore how many sessions you would like at your initial consultation session and review this during your future sessions. 

If you are a young person in counselling, we may also review how many sessions you have with your parent or caregiver. What is shared during the sessions will remain confidential during these reviews and throughout your counselling. 

What can I talk about?

Anything you want to talk about.

I am here to listen and understand what you need. I will not give advice or find ways to ‘fix’ things. 

This list is not exhaustive, but gives some suggestions on areas that you may like to explore and I have experience working with:

  • Abuse                                                                               
  • Adoption or Children in care
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Bullying
  • Childhood difficulties
  • Depression
  • Exam or work-related stress
  • Identity and sexuality 
  • Low self-esteem
  • Neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism or ADHD
  • Parental or family separation
  • Personal development
  • Relationships or family dynamics
  • Self-harm 
  • Trauma

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” 



Carl Rogers (On Becoming a Person)

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