style of counselling is best described as conversational and integrative. I know
how hard it can be for clients to confide in strangers, even professional
counsellors like myself, so I make the process as easy and as relaxed as
possible. I recognise everyone's beliefs are different and I offer a safe,
confidential space to be listened to.
Sometimes just this in itself is enough for someone to organise and verbalise
their thoughts in order that they can move on. But sometimes the issues are more
deep routed and need bringing to the surface before we can deal with them. This
may require more thought-
with a client.
Sometimes however people do have an insight into themselves and why they feel
the way they do but again do not know how to move on. I work closely and gently
with clients to achieve change in order for their quality of life to improve.
Sometimes this does involve challenging beliefs held and dealing with negative
thoughts in a practical way and I support clients as they develop new skills to
make the changes they want.
I genuinely enjoy working with clients as everyone, as well as their issues, are
different and this ensures that I stay fresh and relevant in my thinking and
I can't, and don't, promise miracles. I can however promise honesty, respect and
an open mind as well as my skills as a counsellor. I also recognise that some
clients may not be ready to fully deal with some issues yet but even in those
cases the client will always have more insight into themselves at the end of the
sessions than they expected to at the start. And when they are ready they will
find it easier to know how to do that.
I work with all client issues such as stress, assertiveness, depression, anger,
relationships etc and I also specialise in addiction issues - be it food,
alcohol, gambling, drugs etc. For a video clip of how I work see
Working online via Skype provides the opportunity to access counselling with an
English counsellor where it may not have been possible to do so face to face.
Ex-pats for instance looking for counselling but in remote areas or simply want
to speak to an English Counsellor will find this medium especially useful.