Counselling is a process of exploration and discovery. You deserve to be listened to in a respectful, empathic and non-judgmental way by a skilled professional. At its best, counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to express your thoughts and feelingsand explore ways of living and being in relationships that fit your own individual circumstances and aspirations.
How to Choose a Counsellor/Psychotherapist
There are arguably as many types of counselling as there are individual practitioners. Some counsellors/psychotherapists adhere to a particular theory or model (e.g. pshychodynamic, systemic, humanistic, CBT, etc.) when working with clients. Others - and I am one of these - have studied lots of different theoretical models and are able to draw on a variety of ideas and techniques and tailor their approach to suit the needs of individual people. The most important thing is to find someone with whom you feel comfortable and safe and who will listen to your particular concerns without blame or judgement.
Counselling with Me
Our first meeting is an opportunity for you to tell me your story and any hopes you might have for change. You can ask me any questions you may have about how the process works, and towards the end we can talk about whether and how you might like to proceed. You can come for as few or as many sessions as you like, so long as you feel our meetings are helpful. You decide the pace and content of our work.
I strive to work in a collaborative way with all my clients. Everyone is different and we all have our own unique experiences upon which we base our hopes and expectations for ourselves and our relationships. The meanings we make of our experience can sometimes be limiting of our personal growth and connection with others. I will try to understand what you tell me from your perspective and help you to identify sources of distress and ways of managing them, so that new and preferred possibilities become part of your life and relationships.
Here is a list of some of the issues counselling can help with, though it is by no means exhaustive:
- Breakdown of Trust
- Sexual Problems
- Family Discord
- Low self-esteem
- Commitment issues
- Family Breakdown
- Ending a relationship
I offer counselling in Epsom, Leatherhead, Weybridge, Dorking and throughout Surrey.