My Approach to Counselling
I have experienced and learnt first-hand how hard it is to support my daughter through to recovery from Anorexia Nervosa and OCD, and the effect living with mental illness can have on not only the sufferer but everyone involved, particularly the rest of the family.
I wanted to go on and give others the benefit and support of my knowledge and experience as a counsellor. Over the last few years I have had the privilege of working with some wonderful people and their families, each and every one unique, whilst I have been able to support them through their journeys. I too have learnt from them. My clients have said that they find my practical and down-to-earth approach really refreshing. I have been compared to the therapist in the film The Kings Speech many a time! His methods are unorthodox -but they get results.
I have worked with many different issues including but certainly not limited to:
- Child Psychology
- Teenage Anxiety
- Depression / Stress Management
- Eating Disorders
- Life Coaching
- Family Support
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Whatever obstacle you or a loved one need to overcome, please feel free to give me a call (in complete confidentiality) to talk about the paths open to you.
There are a whole range of different techniques and approaches to counselling, and an environment that is perfect for one person may well not suit someone else. Over the course of your counselling we will be spending a lot of time together, and working throughsome very personal issues, so I am passionate about providing an environment in which you will feel comfortable.
There is nothing intimidating about where we will be meeting; it is in fact more of a family home than a clinic! Sessions are spent in a relaxed, informal room, full of sun (when we’re blessed with it!) and cups of tea. You’ll definitely never see a clipboard or a questionnaire, ever; instead, there are pictures on the walls and interactive games for the youngsters. After all, this is a positive experience, and I want my clients to leave feeling happier and stronger than they did when they arrived!
Family and Carers
Where appropriate, I try to include family and carers in the overall recovery process. Firsthand experience has shown me how often the effects of a psychological problem on close friends and family of the sufferer are overlooked, and I’ve always tried to ensure that this doesn’t happen at my practice.
I do of course never talk about anything with anyone that my client isn’t completely happy about. However, I’ve seen the positive benefits that getting everyone involved can bring; it enables a warm, understanding environment to be nurtured at home as well as in my office, and can significantly reduce the time to recovery.
Looking to the Future
While we certainly will be addressing the causes of any problems rather than just the symptoms, we will only look backwards in order to look forwards – counselling is about helping you become who you want to be, not worrying about who you once were.
Counselling should be a positive and inspiring process – if you don’t feel comfortable working with me, then you won’t be getting as much out of our time together as I would like you to. That’s why I always ask someone thinking about counselling to come in for a preliminary session.
There, we can learn more about each other and the challenges being faced, deal with any unanswered questions and ultimately decide how counselling can help you.
There are no obligations to carry on if you’re not 100% comfortable; this is, after all, your journey.