I believe that everybody’s personal experiences are significant and important. I am interested in hearing your unique story and understanding how the challenges you are experiencing are affecting you. I will work alongside you to help you understand your situation, to make sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, to come to terms with difficult experiences, to discover ways to support yourself and to find a way forward which feels right for you.
Underpinning my approach is the belief that humans are essentially relational beings. It is within relationships that we develop our beliefs about ourselves and the world, and our patterns of relating. Therefore, the relationship between client and therapist is central to effective therapy and so it is really important that you feel comfortable with me. I will not dismiss or criticize you but rather I aim for you to feel heard and validated, and to feel safe to share your thoughts and feelings with me. I understand that starting therapy can feel really daunting and it can take time to develop a trusting relationship with a therapist.
The first session is an opportunity for us to meet, for me to hear about what has brought you to counselling and what you would like to achieve. It also gives me the opportunity to check that I will be able to help with what is troubling you. After this session there is no obligation for you to continue. If you decide you would like to work with me then we will commit to meeting regularly, usually once a week. I offer open-ended counselling which means you can work with me for as long as you need to and this may be short-term (6-12 sessions) or long- term.