Are you struggling to cope with anxiety, depression, loss, sadness, betrayal, lack of meaning, frustration or anger, or maybe experiencing relationship difficulties or struggling to make an important decision about something? Painful emotions can affect all of us at some time or another, perhaps triggered by life events that have left us feeling disempowered, low on resources and pessimistic about the future. If any of this strikes a chord then perhaps it is time for you to put your wellbeing first and consider talking to someone that is professionally trained to listen and help you navigate a way through the confusion.
I decided to retrain as a psychotherapist after spending many years editing magazines for major brands such as IKEA. It was my own personal experience of going to therapy and the positive impact it had on my life, especially in terms of having a better understanding of myself and improving the quality of my relationships with others, that influenced my decision to change career.
I now have many years experience as a psychotherapist and have worked within the charity sector, the NHS and in private practice.
Deciding to see a therapist can seem like a big step and you may have heard all sorts of things about what therapy is or isn’t. For me looking after our mental health is as important as taking care of our physical self and I believe that above all therapy is about the creation of a space, where you are free to talk about whatever it is that is causing you distress or confusion and to discover more about yourself and your relational patterns. Freud described it as making the unconscious, conscious, so we are more liberated to get on with our lives. I believe that it is the relationship between therapist and client that is central to bringing about these changes. Whatever it is that brings you to therapy I can assure you of a supportive, non- judgemental approach and that I will make the best-possible use of all of my training and experience in our work together. It’s qute unsual to be uncertain about making the first move to see a therapist and arranging an initial meeting is always a good way to further explore what you are hoping to gain from counselling or therapy .