Beginning counselling and psychotherapy can be daunting, but I aim to offer a safe and holding environment within which you can begin to talk about and work through issues that you are struggling with. I work from the premise that we all have unconscious thoughts that can live with us for years, can influence our behaviour and can impact on our ability to form or maintain relationships. Through our work together I hope that by bringing some of these thoughts and feelings into consciousness you can begin to gain insight into the areas of your life which are causing you pain.
As a psychodynamic counsellor I believe in the importance of exploring how early experiences shape us, and in my practice I will encourage you to explore how we might use this insight to understand the place you find yourself in now. Psychodynamic counselling has as its heart the relationship between client and therapist, and we will use this relationship to explore your experience of your relationships with others.
You needn’t be in crisis to attend counselling: it is a confidential space in which you can explore any new and old thoughts and feelings. There might be areas of your life you need to understand further and experiences that you want to make sense of in order to live a fuller life. Counselling at any stage can be a difficult and painful experience, but we will work through it together in the hope that you will experience some relief from worries and symptoms which you may have lived with for years.
I have extensive experience in the world of education, and I can currently offer support to clients over the age of 16. I work in a LGBTQ+ affirmative way, and I receive regular supervision to support my work.
I have worked with a range of presenting issues including:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Relationship difficulties
- Family struggles
- Struggles associated with studying
- Low self-esteem
- Eating disorders
- Issues associated with gender
- Issues associated with sexuality
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Performance anxiety