what is counselling?

People come to counselling for a number of reasons: as a way of exploring or managing feelings and thoughts, relationship difficulties, identity issues, trauma, anxiety and depression, or just a sense that you want something different in how you experience life.


Counselling offers an opportunity for you to explore your past and present experiences through building a trusting counselling relationship in which to explore how you feel both emotionally and in your body.   Sometimes you may want or need a short number of sessions, and at other times the therapy may involve working for longer in order for you to make deeper changes in yourself or your life.

​There are many types of counselling and psychotherapy and each therapist will work in their own individual way. For me, it is important to work in a collaborative way, and I describe myself as a relational therapist. This means that I seek to be present as myself in a safe and steady way, and at the same time, work with the understanding that things that happen in the therapy room can be a reflection of what is going on in your life, or of your previous experiences. It can therefore be a place for you to understand fixed ways you may react to other people as a result of your experiences from the past and then explore new and different ways of being in the present.


In practice this means a balancing of focus between the things brought from your life and past experiences, together with what is happening in the present moment.