How Can Counselling Help?
Addiction is often a coping mechanism we have become reliant upon to help us deal with deeper issues, trauma or self-medicating. Person-centred counselling offers you a safe environment to explore your habits, triggers and patterns of thinking without shaming or judgement. I can also offer some psycho-educational support around your addiction.
ANXIETY, SELF-HARM & DEPRESSION:
Sometimes we don't need to be rescued, we just need to be heard. My approach is not to give you advice but to support you with the way you perceive your problems and thoughts. By sharing your feelings with me we can work to build on areas of self-doubt and insecurities to a position where you feel more empowered to manage what life has to throw at you.
NEURODIVERSITY & LIFE CHANGES:
Counselling can offer you a safe space to express your feelings verbally giving you time to explore and unscramble your thoughts to make sense of your needs, emotions and goals. I provide a calm environment and will try and accommodate any sensory needs. You will not be judged or under pressure to adhere to social norms, allowing you an opportunity to remove the mask and discover who you really are behind the diagnosis. Sessions can be structured by integrating some CBT or as fluid as your thoughts and feelings are.
To offer further support for clients with ADHD, I am currently studying a certification to become an ADHD Clinical Services Provider to be able to offer specialist interventions (2023).
Counselling can help facilitate your personal growth and self-awareness. This brings about confidence, strength and a personal identity helping you form better relationships as you start to recognize how your social environment and past experiences impacts on them. One of the benefits of this is that you learn to set healthy boundaries and practice self-care whilst developing self-esteem and becoming self-reliant.
CAN JUST TALKING REALLY HELP ME?
Counselling is often a new and unique experience for many clients as, unlike talking to a friend or loved one, your session will provide you with the opportunity to talk freely, without judgement, advice or shaming and instead you can just be THE REAL YOU. Many clients find just being heard and actually listened too hugely validating in itself as sometimes it can be difficult for us to really tell others how we truely feel or what our needs are.
The beauty of working with a Person-Centred counsellor is we don't view ourselves as an expert of your life when it comes to factors such as age, nationality, gender, sexuality, culture, religion, disabilities and life experiences. All these factors make you an individual and actually the expert of your own life. My primary role is to listen to you, gain an understanding of how these factors make up who you are with a view to gain an understanding of the real you, your needs and how I can best support you. Again, this is often a very different experience for clients to the one they may have had with medical professionals or under mental health /addiction services.
A counsellor does not sort out your problems for you but does help and empathetically supports you explore your issues, feelings, beliefs and behavour so you can become more self-aware and achieve a greaater understanding of your life. That is why one of the most important aspects of counselling is the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client. Working through issues with someone without fear of judgement but with understanding and acceptance often leads people to feel more accepting of themselves. When this happens growth, self-awareness and change occurs naturally.
My counselling approach is non-directive and allows the client to set the agenda and take the lead in sessions. This means you can talk about whatever you need to during our sessions as person-centred therapy acknowledges that life is constantly changing which means so are our needs. This does not mean you are under pressure to 'think of a topic' to bring to each session but rather it means counselling is fluid and is led by you and your needs at any given time.
Counselling provides you with a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for thought and reflection. I aim to provide you with a caring and supportive environment where you don't have to feel 'restricted' for fear of offending or upsetting.
Issues I Work With
Addictions (Drug & Alcohol)
ADD / ADHD / ASD
Health Related Issues
Inter-racial Relationships /Cultural Differences
Long-Covid and related issues
Low Self Esteem - Confidence
Paranoia / Hearing Voices
Trauma / PTSD
Visual Impairment / Blind
Work Related Issues / Stress