WORKING WITH ADULTS
When I work with you, you'll have a safe space and you won't be judged. This will be a relationship from where you can reflect and deepen your understanding of yourself and the things that have happened to you, or are happening to you now.
You may need to untangle past experiences, which can be complex and painful. Together, we can understand how you have been affected and from there you can find growth (usually lurking just beyond a comfort zone).
I have considerable experience working with men, as well as women, especially during times of acute stress. I am able to bring different therapeutic approaches together, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Existential Theory and using creative arts to help to reflect, process and move forward.
My practice is person-centred and trauma-informed, meaning that I will help you to understand the many and varied behavioural reactions, emotional responses, coping strategies and distress that may have come from trauma and traumatic situations.
WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE
I give teenagers and young adults a confidential space to explore difficult aspects of life and self. From within a trusting relationship, we consider thoughts, emotions and behaviours that are causing distress and find ways to cope with and recover from difficulties. Often our work together is focussed on how to thrive, amid challenges and change.
The type of work I do with young people includes
- educational transitions, challenges and setbacks
- anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviours and suicidal ideations
- coping with changes in the family (e.g. separation and divorce)
- self-esteem, identity and relationship difficulties (including loneliness and bullying)
I appreciate the delicacy in giving my clients a confidential space and also giving parents and family members confidence in the counselling process; I'll work hard to get this right for you both.