Counselling can help when life gets tough

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy tells us that 28% of adults say they have consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist. Every year, more and more people access counselling, because they recognise they would benefit from the support of someone who will listen carefully and try to understand their concerns without having their own agenda. Everyone experiences problems at some time and counselling can offer a safe confidential place to take stock and resolve confusing or distressing feelings. It can be a huge relief to be able to talk about things without worrying about being judged.

Working with a counsellor can help you develop a clearer picture of what is happening to you, find new perspectives and more helpful ways of managing difficulties. In my counselling practice we may, for instance, look at how you are affected by your context, how the past may have influenced the present, or how your thoughts are related to your mood and behaviours. I might suggest creative techniques to help you explore your sense of self, or draw from coaching techniques to support you to achieve your goals. Whatever we agree to do I will be drawing from considerable experience and extensive training to offer what seems most helpful for you.

Counselling for adults

In our initial meeting we discuss what you are looking for from counselling and how we can best work together to help you with your concerns. We also decide together about when and how often to meet – sometimes a couple of sessions are sufficient, but it usually takes a few sessions before things improve. We will regularly review the impact of the work we do together as it is important that you do not attend for more sessions than you need. I mainly work on a short term basis (6-12 sessions) but can work longer term if needed.

Common concerns that bring clients to counselling are low self-confidence, anxiety, depression, anger, stress, life-stage issues, childhood abuse, bereavement and of course all the problems that can arise through being in a relationship, or in coming to terms with the end of a relationship.

If you are considering couple counselling please look at the Relationship Therapy page.

Information for people experiencing a crisis or emergency

If you are looking at this website because you are feeling suicidal or at risk of harming yourself or others, please seek help from family, friends or emergency services (call 999 for emergency medical services or visit an Accident and Emergency department).

The Samaritans

The Samaritans operate a 24-hour emergency service. They also operate an email service.
Hotline: 08457 90 90 90

Counselling for young people

I am qualified to work with young people over ten. If you are worried about your young person I can offer a confidential place where they can talk about how they feel with an adult who is not involved in either their home or school life. This normally helps them get back to enjoying their life. Common areas that a young person may want to talk about include difficulties arising from:

  • Parental divorce or separation
  • New step-parents or siblings
  • Family or other relationships
  • Bullying
  • Exam stress
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Coping with difficult feelings
  • New relationships
  • Sexual identity
  • Self-esteem
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