Life events can be tough to work through, past issues can raise ongoing difficulties, the workplace and relationships can be demanding and challenging. This is where counselling can help, providing space for you, a time to talk, be listened to and to reflect.
If you are feeling anxious, depressed, lonely or confused counselling may help.
How I Work:
As a person-centred counsellor the therapy I provide is non-directive, I believe that you are the expert in yourself. The time we have together will be your time and the focus of each session will be you, what you want to talk about and at a pace you are comfortable with. I offer a safe, calm and welcoming environment in which you can explore and reflect on the issues that are troubling you, without any judgement. My role is not to guide you or tell you what to do but I will be alongside you as you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and will support you to find your own solutions.
I will treat you as an individual and without pre-judgment. I appreciate the uniqueness of every client’s experience and by challenging gently and with compassion I will support you in finding your way and understanding what you want to change or achieve.
What Is Person-Centred Therapy?
The Person-Centred approach was developed by Carl Rogers in the mid-1900s. It is built on the understanding that individuals instinctively want to improve and develop throughout life and that they strive to achieve their full potential regardless of their circumstances and what they are experiencing.
This innate quest for growth can, however, be blocked by an individual’s perception of themselves which has developed as a result of the demands and expectations of people within their lives and the need for positive regard. This separation from their ‘real’ self can lead to emotional disturbance and anxiety and feelings of threat in certain situations and experiences.
It is believed that by providing the right conditions and promoting greater self-awareness and self-acceptance each person can modify these learnt beliefs to bring about change and live a more fulfilling life as the individual they actually are. It is the therapeutic relationship developed during counselling that helps in building the capacity to begin this process of change.