Counselling and Psychotherapy can help when we get stuck in life and don't know what’s going on, why or how to go about changing it. This can happen for lots of reasons and the signs of this can come out in many ways, depression and anxiety being particularly common. Given time and attention, the reasons for this and the ways in which this happens can be explored and understood; that is when we can come up with effective strategies to manage what’s going on and make decisions to change certain things in our lives. Often we can work this out for ourselves, but sometimes we need help, which is where counselling & psychotherapy can come in.
I work to help clients see what they already manage well and support their insight into ways in which they, unwittingly, may make choices that keep them stuck in familiar, but unhelpful situations and habits. My training is in Gestalt Psychotherapy, which highlights the present moment as the only place we can learn about ourselves and implement change. And Gestalt theory acknowledges that our personal perspective on the current moment is influenced by lots of things, past, present and future. I offer genuine feedback to clients from a compassionate, non-judgemental perspective, with the hope of facilitating personal awareness and insight, giving opportunity for change and growth. I see my work as a deeply human endeavour, supported by good knowledge and training, and I understand what it can take to make the decision to ask for help.
I have had 20 years’ experience as a psychotherapist in a mixture of private practice and working in university counselling services with staff and students. I currently work at the University of Nottingham Counselling Service.
I understand that mental health difficulties fall under lots of different diagnoses, and an understanding of symptoms and the name or label for this can be incredibly helpful, I think that these symptoms are a signal from inside that something needs attending to, and I enjoy helping people find out about this for themselves. Seeing people I work with discover the energy and vibrancy that can come from untangling this ‘internal knot’ is a joy, and I understand that this is not always an easy process, it takes trust, experimentation, and courage; I really admire this in the people I have worked with.