"My Counsellor was really nice and knew how to handle my problems."
I have over 18 years of experience counselling and supporting young people in schools, college, university, youth clubs and in my private practice. I will listen and explore different solutions with you. I am non-judgemental, so you can really talk about anything that is bothering you. I provide a safe and secure space for you; to explore the roots of your negative thoughts or overwhelming feelings, and to give you the start you need to move forward in your life.
MY COUNSELLING APPROACH
You can expect three core values from me:
empathy – I will sense what it is like to be in your shoes and communicate this back, this in turn will help you to understand yourself better;
unconditional acceptance – you will not be judged whatever the circumstances, I accept you just as you are; this in turn will help you to become more self-accepting;
and thirdly genuineness – I will simply be myself throughout the sessions, not detached, but authentic and trustworthy; and this in turn will encourage you to be more real, up-front and honest with yourself.
I also incorporate Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tools which have successfully helped individuals to manage negative thoughts, compulsive self-criticism, low mood/depression and anxiety.
I am available to see you face to face at my office, or by telephone.
AREAS OF SPECIALITY
I can assist you to manage and overcome the following mental health concerns and presenting issues:
Abuse and neglect
Academic performance issues
Bereavement and loss
Bipolar Disorder/manic depression
Bullying and Cyberbullying
Family Issues (including coping with divorce and separation)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Negative or intrusive thoughts
Over-thinking and worry
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
School stress and academic pressure
Smoking (tobacco or cannabis)
Trauma/Post-traumatic Stress Disorder