Life challenges are what bring people to seek counselling, sometimes these challenges can really impact our emotional well being. There can be many experiences that impact our ability to cope, they may be a current situation or a past event that has impacted us and can leave us feeling stuck or unable to move on. Depression, anxiety, low mood, trauma, overwhelm, bereavement, parenting struggles, low self esteem, abuse, relationship difficulties, struggling with change or just can't make sense of your life at the moment are all things people seek counselling for. I aim to help explore, understand and gain clarity around these difficult feelings.
Mental Health encompasses our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It has a huge impact on how we act, feel and react, as well as impacting the life choices we make.
Working together we will talk openly and honestly around your feelings and thoughts, looking at your relationships with yourself and others and consider how past experiences and current behaviours are potentially connected.
I aim to help you develop greater self-awareness , increased self confidence and improved communication. Personal growth can help your understanding of yourself, exploring patterns of behaviour that no longer work or cause anxiety can help you gain insight into what you feel and why.
Seeking help and support to overcome feelings and emotions is a big step and it can be helpful to have someone beside you on your journey. My goal as a Counsellor is to provide an open, compassionate environment, a safe place to talk.
I am a BACP accredited psychodynamically trained counsellor. Psychodynamic Counselling helps explore deep rooted feelings and struggles. Psychodynamic work recognises that your current feelings or distress may be connected to your past early life experiences.
Exploring links from the past may help provide an understanding of current psychological problems.
Working together we can develop a greater understanding of your thoughts and feelings, allowing a better sense of your situation and help find new ways fo perceiving the world, yourself and your relationships, exploring how you can move forward .
I have worked as an Associate at Stort Psychotherapy as well as Chelmsford Counselling Foundation. I volunteered for Place2Be charity and worked as an Assistant School Project Manager. I have 10 years experience working in a mental health setting within the NHS.
I am a Bupa, Aviva and Vitality authorised therapist.
I work with adults and young people from the age of 16.
My practice is based in Bishops Stortford.
Your counselling sessions provide space for you to talk, without fear of judgement. Weekly sessions last 50 minutes.
It may feel daunting to take that first step but prior to meeting we can have a telephone conversation where I can answer any questions you may have and explain a little about how I work. There is no pressure to continue and it is important that you feel I am the right fit for you. Our first meeting will be a time for you to come and explore this further and ensure I am the best fit for you. If we decide I am not right we can explore recommendations for alternative support.
By developing a trusting relationship it enables you to explore your curiosity around your life and behaviour in order to develop greater understanding and self knowledge. During sessions we will explore the issues you are experiencing, exploring it within the context of your current life, previous patterns and also the life stories you tell yourself and others.
I abide by the BACP ethical framework demonstrating, trustworthiness, respect and honesty. Ethical considerations underpin the work I do, maintaining confidentiality and good practice.
It may be you have been thinking about counselling for a while, or you recognise you have good and bad days, times you feel low or sad. You may have been told by family you need to speak to someone.
Many people, whatever their situation have benefitted from counselling. You may feel apprehensive or worried and this is very common when seeing a counsellor for the first time.
Counselling is most effective when you chose to come because you want to explore whats happening for you.
You are free to discuss anything you wish during your sessions, events, day to day struggles, memories, hopes, dilemmas, regrets and struggles.
Counsellors can show you a different perspective, they are neutral, outside of the situation you are experiencing.
Sharing your worries can help you feel less alone.
Counselling can help you explore language and communication within the therapeutic relationship that you can then develop in to your relationships, improving your ability to communicate honestly and effectively.
It can help you develop a greater understanding of your self and what you want or need.
Processing difficult thoughts and feelings can help you feel less stuck in a situation.
The best way to make things feel clearer is to contact me and book an initial informal telephone call when can discuss how counselling works and how it may be useful in your current situation.
My standard fees are £60 per individual session. I offer concessions for students, or those on lower incomes.
Fees charged for private insurance companies may differ.
We would work together at a regular day and time each week where possible.
If you have any further questions please contact me. I am happy to offer a no obligation informal telephone conversation, to discuss how I may be able to help.
5 Bridge Street, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 2JU, United Kingdom
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