Counselling and Psychotherapy are words that are used in different ways and I'll refer to them here as therapy.
Therapy offers you a space in which you can get in touch with who you truly are, not just who you have been told that it is acceptable for you to be. I can work with you to discover your own voice and what you need and want out of life, in order to look at changes that could make this happen.
My aim with our work is to ensure that therapy is a place where you can speak freely, without fear of judgement and to look at the messages you have received in the past that might be holding you back.
Our work may be short term and focused on one issue that you would like to resolve. We can look at the feelings, bodily held sensations, emotions, thoughts and behaviours that you are experiencing so that we can get to know this issue further. Awareness is a key path to accessing change. This is often referred to as counselling.
Or our work may be longer term or open ended. It could be that it might be difficult to identify one issue to get some resolution around, perhaps you are feeling lost, overwhelmed, hopeless. In longer term work, we can do all that I listed above and I can also bring in a relational element to the work to see what you are experiencing in the here and now. This is often referred to as either longer term counselling or psychotherapy.
These are options and maybe you might want to get in touch or book in for an initial therapy session where we can discuss this more.
I work a lot with issues of trauma and the effects that experiences of trauma bring to our lives. Trauma can impact on every area of life and halt us in our development as an individual, as well has having big impacts on our relationships, of all kinds.
I also have experience of working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ or who are experience life from a diverse gender, sexuality or relationship.
I have an interest in working with body image and self esteem issues and I come to this work from a weight neutral perspective. Our bodies are amazing and carry us through all sorts of experiences throughout our lives and I believe that it's important that, for our well-being, we find ways to respect and appreciate our bodies, just as they are right now.