As as a counselling psychologist I am here to accompany you, within the safe and confidential boundaries of a therapeutic encounter, to help explore past or present trauma, investigate personal beliefs, values, hopes and dreams and assist you in coming to terms with a past that is carried into the present. On having gained a more thorough understanding of yourself, I aim to help to build a future that is filled with personal meaning and more clarity when it comes to how you feel and who you are.
Since I practice in a humanistic centred way, I believe that at the heart of everything is the encounter between two people. Since my educational background is in existential phenomenology, in therapy we will focus on your own unique and personal experience, explore the possibility of choice and responsibility and will look at how you exist and relate in the world with others.
When it comes to seeking therapy, you may wish to talk about a pressing issue or may want to explore and speak to me for more general reasons. You may want to learn about yourself and explore ideas, thoughts and feelings you have and wish to discuss problems you are experiencing; or you might want help to make sense of past experiences and alleviate pain from trauma.
There are many reasons for therapy and most often they cannot be reduced to a single subject, but to give you an idea, below are a range of reasons people have been seeking therapy for.
Topics you may wish to discuss:
- Relationships and intimacy
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Sadness and depression
- Anxiety, fear or a general unease around existence
- Anger and mood swings
- Loneliness and isolation
- Stress and burn-out, career issues or academic stress, performance anxiety
- Issues with eating, weight or body image
- Sexuality, gender identity
- Self- harm
- Suicidal thoughts or ideation
- Bereavement and loss