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Do you feel there must be more to life than how it is for you currently?

Maybe you feel stuck, helpless or overwhelmed by difficult feelings?

Do you long for a happier, calmer, less fearful or more fulfilling life?

Are you finding it hard or impossible to see a way forward?


Take the first step on the path towards change…

Talking to someone who has been trained to help you find a way through personal problems is variously described as counselling, therapy, psychotherapy or talking therapy.  What’s important is that it provides a caring refuge where you can just be yourself, however that might be, and a sense of hope that things can get better.  I want to support you in reaching a better understanding of your particular difficulties, help you gain more control over your life and provide you with everyday coping strategies.  This paves the way for exploring other ways of thinking and being, and alternative perspectives on life and relationships.

My overall aim is to help clients accept the things they can’t change or find the inner strength to change the things they can.
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I have the privilege to talk to people from all walks of life.  Needing help at difficult times is a part of being human and happens to all of us at some point.  I understand that taking the first step can feel daunting.  I offer a confidential opportunity to talk openly and express feelings without being judged, having to live up to somebody else’s expectations or being steered in a particular direction.
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You might want to talk about all aspects of your life, or you may be struggling with particular issues such as:

o         marital or relationship difficulties
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family problems or feeling overwhelmed by caring for someone
o         life events like becoming a step-parent, divorce or bereavement / loss
o         life transitions such as leaving home, starting university or retirement
o         depression, anxiety, panic attacks, exam / work-related stress
o         feelings such as shame, guilt, envy, anger or lack of confidence
o         feelings about yourself, your personality, identity or sexuality
o         childhood or adult trauma / abuse, violence within relationships 
o         disability, physical illness, self-harm or risky / addictive behaviours
o         other specific mental health problems / disorders _

 


I passionately believe that establishing a committed and genuine relationship with my clients enables us to work together to find a way forward that is right for them.  Central to this is my respect for the priorities, values, beliefs and experiences that make each person unique and special.  To meet the individual needs of my clients, my flexible service ranges from brief, time-limited counselling to long-term, in-depth therapy.
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“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive.
You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over.  But one thing is certain.
When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.  That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Haruki Murakami _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________