I am a registered member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (reg number 241448) and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.
The areas in counselling I typically work with are:
- Loss and Bereavement : " Grief is the last act of love we have to give those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love" Living without those we love can be unbearable at times. sometimes we do not feel the full impact of the loss of a loved one for years after they have passed, and sometimes for years, we live the unimaginable raw pain of loss daily. Talking about your experience of loss in a confidential setting may help.
- Anxiety: Living with anxiety can be like being followed by a voice that knows all your insecurities and uses them against you. You may feel weak and helpless and it feels like it has taken over your life. It can be frequently accompanied by depression. I will listen to your experiences and together we can put them into perspective and help you move forward. It won't be easy, but it's not impossible.
- Depression: "There is a crack in everything, that is how the light get's in" Leonard Cohen. Depression is like being colour blind and being constantly told how colourful things are. You are blind to the vibrancy of things, you feel numb. If you are experiencing these feelings I would suggest an initial chat with your GP as all manner of things can cause us to experience low mood or depression. But if you want to talk in confidence we can look together at ways in which we can bring the colour back and ease the numbness.
- Self Harm: " In case you didn't know, dead people don't bleed. If you can bleed-see it, feel it, then you know you are alive. Its irrefutable, undeniable proof. Sometimes I need a little reminder" Amy Efaw. I will not discourage you from self harm and tell you it is wrong. It is simply a coping mechanism. Never feel shame from coping. That show's phenomenal resilience. If you want to explore this more, then call me.
- Suicidal Ideation: " The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life, when I wanted to die." Juliette Lewis. If you feel you are in sudden and immediate distress now, please call The Samaritans on 116-123 or 01772-736844. There is always someone to listen. If you feel for now, that moment has passed, please call me and together we can work on these feelings and look for a way forward.