Emotional states, brought on through being in relationship with others or due to reminders from the past, can feel overwhelming, out of control and even frightening. The resulting anxiety, fear, depression or panic, can lead you to shutting down, or feeling hemmed in by defensive reactions. In the past, these automatic ways of coping may have worked, but they now feel awkward and inappropriate. Counselling can help you work toward finding better ways of coping and new ways of responding.
I offer a safe, accepting and non-judgemental approach, where we can confidentially look at any worries, anxiety and difficulties you are having. Please tell me just as much as you feel comfortable with. With time, your confidence will grow to tell me more and I can support you when you feel sad, angry, embarrassed or frightened. Further sessions may lead to you adding more details as we explore your experiences together. My approach values your uniqueness. You may want to talk through and explore confusing relationship issues, explore feelings of depression or anxiety, consider any family issues, or any other problems.
Counselling provides you the opportunity to talk freely about any problems, giving you the chance to explore the meanings behind your experiences, helping to understand any anxiety, and searching for new choices in life.
I always pace our work carefully so that I can really understand how you are feeling and what you are thinking. In couples work I help to hear and facilitate priorities, hopes and expectations for the relationship, looking at the possibilities for repairing ruptures and working toward agreed goals. My work is to help you make sense of your experiences and for us together, to help you find better ways of experiencing life.