I work with adults on a one to one basis, preferably in person or skype/facetime if this is more accessible for clients. I am guided by the client in terms of the direction they wish to go and the issues they would like to explore. I offer warmth and empathy to clients in my integrative, non judgemental approach. I specialise in the following areas.
Anxiety is our body's response to feeling threatened. It prepares us to take action by triggering our 'fight or flight' mechanism. However, because of the pressured way in which we live our lives, anxiety often appears as a result of perceived, rather than actual threat, leaving us with no clear way to resolve or act upon it. The counselling process can help you to recognise and explore your anxiety triggers, and patterns in your thoughts and body in order to find ways to reduce and more realistically manage your anxiety.
SELF CONFIDENCE & SELF ESTEEM
Many aspects of our life experience, relationships and life situations can lead us to feeling unsure of ourselves, unworthy, or simply not good enough. The counselling process can help you to discover patterns of thinking, identify unhelpful underlying beliefs and learn to connect with a more positive self, embracing who you are with empathy and kindness in order to live life with a more positive sense of self worth.
Stress may contribute to us being driven to achieve our tasks and goals, however too much stress, particularly if it is ongoing, can be very detrimental to our health and wellbeing. The counselling process can help you to explore how and where stress manifests itself in your life, discover ways in which you are able to reduce it and find different responses to the thoughts, emotions and behaviour that accompany it.
Depression can leave us feeling alone, misunderstood or unaccepted. It can feel relentless, like it will never end. The therapeutic process can help you to gain further understanding of your feelings of depression, and those underlying it, bringing new meaning to these feelings on your pathway to positive change.
I also offer individual Wellbeing Sessions for clients who do not wish to explore any issues but would like to practice relaxation and calming techniques in order to reduce the stress and anxiety in their lives. Techniques include calming breathing, guided meditation, relaxing visualisations and mindfulness.