What Do I Offer? How can counselling help?
Most people have difficulties of one kind or another, setbacks and sufferings which are part of what it is to be human. What I aim to do is to offer you an accepting, warm, understanding environment in which you can discuss concerns and where there is an opportunity for you to make sense of the issues in your life and experiences and to develop your self-awareness.
Counselling can create some space with an attentive companion which will give you the opportunity to reflect. I can help you to look behind the obvious with openness and interest. In this way it is possible for you to discover our own truth and inner resources, and to develop trust in your ability to meet future challenges in life. The space which I can offer allows you a freedom to explore thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. I believe that the relationship between the client and the counsellor is pivotal in helping to facilitate this, and has the potential to allow a person the freedom to make choices that are right for them.
I will always offer a first meeting to help us discuss whether you want to start counselling with me and whether I am the best person to help you or whether another person would be better suited to you. We’ll discuss how counselling might help you and the issues which you might want to begin to talk about so that we can agree, between us, on a way of working, bearing in mind my person-centred approach and the reasons that might bring you to counselling.
Everything we discuss is completely confidential with total respect for your privacy and that of any other individuals discussed.
My approach and who I am
In my life I have been drawn to the idea of helping others. Having worked for many years in other non-counselling professions I feel that I am able to use all the life and human skills which I believe are my best; those of hearing, not judging and being empathic, being there, in a real way, for others whilst they find their own path. I also offer an open and creative approach, with plenty of use of humour and fun. Sometimes this is important.
My approach is person-centred which means that I will not advise you or tell you what to do (unless the session involves practical advice which you specifically asked for and which I am able to offer). But I do aim to be alongside you, in a very attentive and immediate way whilst you make your own discoveries – I believe that you are the expert on your own life. And the way in which we work is always open to negotiation.
I also have an MA in Developing Professional Practice in Management and have spent the last 15 years working within senior management, executive and non-executive teams and use my counselling and coaching skills to help managers and management professionals find their way.