Firstly I want to acknowledge how daunting it can be to not only reach out for help but to find the right therapist to help you. I know it can be a mine field looking up lists of therapists all claiming to offer a similar service. In reality we probably all do offer a similar service so why choose me? Well I am not the right therapist for everyone but I may be the right one for you. This is why I offer a 45 minute consultation for you get a feel for how I work and make your choice as to if we can work together. I know that trust matters and it is so important to have a good therapeutic working relationship. Research has shown that this is key to a successful outcome of therapy.
As a professional experienced counsellor I can assure you that my only focus is on the way I might be of assistance to you. There is no need for embarrassment or shame as difficult issues will have been presented before and you will not be judged in any way.
Whether you are experiencing a crisis, faced with a daunting problem or life just doesn’t feel right counselling can help you. It is easy to put mental health on the back burner or not even register it. Life can feel overwhelming and it can be helpful to get off the treadmill for an hour a week and spend time on ‘you.'
Without it, you can be in a confused fog of living. Developing self-awareness allows you to look down on your world and become an observer. You begin to make sense of things, thus bringing a sense of clarity and understanding. This puts you in a starting place to consider change. You can start to recognise how your thoughts have been jabbering away in your head and become more in command of your thinking. Counselling provides a safe place to explore your ambivalence and fears about change.
If you have anxiety or depression, you might spend a good deal of time either worrying about the future or regretting the past. Counselling can help you live more mindfully in the present and to feel more peaceful and connected to the world.
You will begin to understand how the past has influenced the person you are today. There can be exceptional value gained in understanding the past and how it has influenced your life journey. Old wounds can be healed and painful experiences worked through.
In counselling you may come to appreciate the relationships which are important to you and warrant further investment. You might also decide to take a step back from relationships that are toxic or hindering your wellbeing. The therapeutic relationship of counselling offers a practice arena for relationships in the real world.
The world may have become a fearful and antagonising place. You might have good reasons or experiences that validate this world view. Counselling can support you in healing from these difficult experiences, so they have less impact. You can begin to create your own self-passage through the world tapping into happiness and fulfilment.
Maybe you have become adept at pleasing others. Counselling can help you to recognise the value in showing yourself true consideration and value. An inner contentment can be found when you feel that you can be 'you.' As you start to allow in acceptance from your counsellor for your flawed and imperfect self, this can be incredibly powerful.
I am a qualified BACP registered and accredited counsellor. My experience includes working in private practice, working as an independent counsellor for Mind and many years spent working as a bereavement counsellor at a NHS Psychological Support Service. I’m also a registered BUPA therapist.
I value individual difference, honesty, integrity, finding your own path, standing out from the crowd, connection and relationship. I strongly believe people can be empowered to find their own answers. I know that I am not a fixer and I don’t have all the answers, but I can help you address your problems in a more positive way by helping you to clarify the issue, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness. If you feel the opinions of others has become a reference point of your self-worth, I can help you to start to listen to your own voice again.
I can help with a range of common life problems such as depression, anxiety, low mood, loss, self-esteem, stress, addiction, relationship issues or feeling stuck.
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Using the core conditions of person centred theory, which are empathy, congruence and being non-judgemental, I facilitate you to explore and utilise your own strengths and personal identity.
This is a goal- oriented and practical approach to problem solving. The goal is to change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind a person’s difficulties and so change the way they feel.
The goals of psychodynamic approach are a person’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour.
Courage does not always roar. Sometines courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow.' Mary Anne Radmacher
The first assessment session is £25. This will be partly an information gathering session and it is also your opportunity to find out about therapy, what therapy involves and what you can expect from the counselling process. You can then decide if you feel comfortable enough to continue with more sessions.
All subsequent sessions will be £45 for a one hour session.
Payments should be made in cash on the day of the session or by direct debit 24 hours before the session.
I work from an office in Loughton which is a three minute walk from Loughton undergound station and accesable by bus.