Counselling involves talking through the concerns you have, your experiences with someone who listens intently in order to understand and help you to understand solutions that you may want to try. It is a supportive place, which is confidential and non-judgemental.
The counsellor helps you to implement changes and support through those changes.
I am a student Counsellor and am currently qualified to level 3. I am working towards Level 4 as an integrative therapist. My training includes working with diverse groups of people, facing diverse challenges but my interest is in supporting those struggling with unwelcome change such as loss of relationships, job, power and control (for example from bullying or abuse), loss of wealth or personal health, divorce, grief and bereavement. I enjoy helping clients to manage anxiety from these challenging life events and to overcome overwhelm so that they can find a happier future. My interest stems primarily from experiencing a cocktail of these events within a short period of time and finding my way through these.
The non-jargon version of my Counselling approach is that I believe the client has all the answers and most of us just need a safe space to explore and process our honest thoughts, feelings and experiences in order to find a path that is helpful or wise that works for the individual. Whilst I do look how the past might influence us (psychodynamic), and I also do look at thoughts and ideas (CBT approach), my work centres mostly around the here and now and how our thoughts and feelings tell us right now what is helpful, moving forwards is: I believe in helping the client 'feel' their truths, not only cognitively but also in their bodies through mindful awareness, if this is something clients are interested in. My work is trauma informed and I am complimented often that people feel safe around me to be fully honest and themselves.
The version with the jargon (if you're familiar with types of therapists) is that I am a person-centred therapist but do use both CBT and psycho-dynamic approaches. I'm best described as integrative. I also incorporate using somatic, embodied and mindful practices to enable clients to find their own solutions and to heal past hurts and present challenges.
I am interested in walking therapy and forest bathing, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and TRE (Tension Stress and Trauma Release Therapy).
I am currently undertaking additional training with Cruse to work as a volunteer with clients who are bereaved.