What is Counselling?
Whatever your reasons for coming to counselling, it's not, as some might believe, for the weak. Therapy is a commitment and a journey for the courageous. It's a chance for us to take notice of the unconscious clues that tell us what has been left unacknowledged, and what perhaps you are being unwittingly driven by today. Whether that's into anxiety, fear, depression, troublesome behaviours or relationships.
Psychodynamic counselling or therapy, provides a completely confidential, impartial and non-judgemental space for sharing thoughts and feelings. A counsellor cannot advise, mentor, or provide answers, but a counsellor can be an enabler for that exploration and discovery.
Counselling is not always easy, it can bring up some difficult feelings; it can take courage to self-reflect and to face change if change is the desired outcome, but it can also be immensely rewarding and can have a positive impact on relationships and many areas of life. Counselling is offered here on an open-ended long-term basis or as 6-12 sessions of time-limited.
Who is it for
Some will come to counselling because there has been an event in their life that has been distressing or difficult or that has brought up feelings from the past. Some may come because they have an underlying feeling of dissatisfaction. For others it may be feelings of isolation or depression, anxiety, problems coping with stress or an issue at work, or perhaps ongoing or recent relationship problems. For these and many reasons people will come to counselling.
There is no right or wrong reason and people do not need to be in or close to crisis to come. Even with the most supportive family and group of friends, sometimes it can be easier to talk to someone completely independent.
I practice in the Psychodynamic approach drawing upon theorists such as Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bion and Jung. Through the Psychodynamic approach, we seek to access the unconscious content to alleviate the psychological and sometimes physical symptoms. In the Psychodynamic approach we also use the relationship between the therapist and client to provide further clues about unconscious patterns of relating. In order for this to work, the therapist to the client, must be a blank canvas.
Areas of Experience
Work related issues