For me, counselling is all about the relationship between the client and counsellor. In that relationship, the counsellor will express empathy, be non-judgemental but also real. It’s true, counselling can be hard work – but I will go at your pace and with your agenda. My initial training was person-centred but since then I have learnt about other approaches which may benefit you more.
I particularly like to work creatively with clients as verbal communication can sometimes be tricky. For instance, I have used drawing, pebbles, pictures, sand, music, clay and toys to help clients express what is inside. I have experience of working with individuals and family members dealing with addiction, individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, parenting difficulties, difficulties with parents, domestic abuse, unemployment, long-term illness, mental illness, fear, anger, ASD, ODD, ADHD, spirituality…… The list is long because I have been working with people for nearly 30 years in various capacities.
It is important that both the counsellor and client are committed to work together for progress to be made in their work together. To that end, weekly session are recommended. This helps trust grow in the therapeutic relationship which leads to issues being explored at a greater depth.
I offer short term and long term counselling. I adhere to the Ethical Framework set out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have supervision for my counselling work at the ratio prescribed by the BACP. This helps to ensure that I am offering my client the best possible therapeutic experience.