About CounsellingCounselling provides a safe, secure and confidential environment where you can express what is happening to you, explore your feelings and be listened to and understood. Sometimes we turn to friends and family, but they are not always able or willing to help. Maybe you are not sure that you can trust them not to tell other people, maybe the problems are too intimate to share, or maybe you don't want to burden someone else with your problems. Counselling can help because it provides space for you to take a step back and make sense of what is happening; you can tell me about anything that may be bothering you, no matter how big or small you think the problem is. We can explore what is going on for you in your life situation and help to make sense of it. We focus on issues and practical solutions that will work for you.
My aim is not to solve problems for you, but to enable you to acquire the skills that you can use to achieve the necessary goals for yourself. I am trained to listen and try to understand what you are feeling, to look at your situation from several angles so that you can decide for yourself what you would like to do about it. You will be helped to draw on your own strengths and resources. As you begin to understand and acknowledge your feelings you may be able to start changing patterns of behavior which keep recurring and causing difficulties.
You will still be the same person after counselling, but you will have more confidence in being you and more respect for yourself.