Generally speaking, people come to counselling if they are feeling the need to talk through difficult life experiences, such as relationship problems, depression, stress, anxiety or times of transition such as bereavement or trauma. It may be that you are going through a difficult time at the moment, or that you have become aware of longstanding relationship patterns which have been unhelpful in the past and are affecting your ability to cope with life at the moment. Counselling provides you with the time and space to talk through any concerns or areas that may be troubling you; without being judged or told what to do. Counselling sessions can help you to develop self-awareness and insight into how you relate to yourself, and to others. Counselling can help bring about growth and change within an individual which can have a positive and empowering impact upon them.
I am a Person Centred / Humanistic Counsellor, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with over 11 years counselling experience. This approach is based on the belief that as individuals we have the potential and ability to make the right choices in life for ourselves. Counselling encourages individuals to explore their needs at a deeper level, therefore empowering them in becoming and living in a more authentic way. I can work in a short term way, if this is required and considered appropriate, however I also offer longer term therapy where indicated. I am led by the client's needs therefore work at a pace which is most appropriate for them. I see the therapeutic relationship as central to the counselling work. I am particularly interested in how the past affects the present and believe that by understanding this at a deeper level can empower individuals to lead a more fulfilling and authentic life. I work with adults and young people on a one to one basis. Appointments take place weekly lasting for a duration of 50 minutes. My private consulting room in Blandford Forum is based within a tranquil rural setting on the River Stour.