Counselling provides you with a supportive, non-judgmental and confidential environment in which to explore any emotional, psychological or practical problems you may be encountering. Counselling can assist you to identify your own personal resources and capabilities which are sometimes lost or buried in times of confusion and anxiety. It may enable you to see your circumstances afresh and with clarity so that you can make the necessary changes that will help you at this particular stage of your life.
As a therapist, I will not make decisions for you or impose my own opinions but I will respect your individual needs. Throughout this process you will be encouraged, supported and empowered to look at yourself from a different perspective. The aim is not only to help you cope with a current issue or crisis but to do so in a way that produces learning for the future so you can feel more in control of your own life. Taking responsibility is an important part of this commitment.
My professional approach is compassionate, warm and down to earth and my aim is to recognise the experience of you as an individual and to treat you with respect and integrity without making assumptions based on age, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, gender, class, or spiritual belief.
Being a member of the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP), I am bound by their code of ethics and also those as specified by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). This is very important for you as the client who can be assured that your therapy will be practiced to a high professional standard.