What is counselling?
The Oxford dictionary describes a counsellor as an Adviser. That is not necessarily what we look for in therapeutic counselling. “Let me give you a piece of advice” or “In my opinion..” are phrases you are unlikely to hear from a counsellor.

The Dictionary of Counselling sees counselling as the application of a counsellor’s skills, experience and training to the intimate concerns, problems and aspirations of a client.

My approach is person centred, but integrates a range of models that are appropriate to the individual client’s needs. These other models may be:

  •         Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches
  •         Attachment theory
  •         Solution based therapy
  •         Relational therapy
  •         Transactional analysis
  •         Existential approaches
  •         Transactional analysis

I also use Mindfulness Stress Reduction Meditation and simple psychodrama if needed, and can offer Motivational Interviewing and Twelve Step Facilitation, and CBT approaches for addiction issues where appropriate.

Therapy is a developing process, not an event. It may be short-term or open ended and should bequeath the client skills and strategies to self-counsel when formal therapy is over.

Everyone has problems. Everyone has resources. In some ways counselling is a form of adjustment: a collaborative process between client and therapist of identifying both problems and resources, and developing resources to better cope and achieve greater well-being. Human beings often have difficulty asking for help.

The counselling room is a safe place.  A place where you are listened to, where there is confidentiality, where the hurly-burly, tensions and distractions of life can be put aside and the issues of your life considered in peace, safety and structure.

Areas Of Counselling

Addiction, Abuse, Alcohol Dependance, Anxiety, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Drug Abuse, Eating Disorders, Emotional Abuse, Gambling, Generalised Anxiety, Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem, Personality Disorders, Physical Abuse, Relationship Issues, Separation and Divorce, Stress, Work Related Issues