Individual counselling and Couples counselling
Counselling enables individuals or couples to spend quality time exploring the issues that affect them. I believe this is best achieved within the context of a non-judgemental, empathic and genuine therapeutic relationship which offers the chance for the ‘inner’ voice to be heard – that which reveals the true Self.
I believe in the value and uniqueness of the individual. So often who we really are gets overshadowed by who we believe we ought to be and how we ought to relate to others, the world around us, and even God. However, these beliefs and rules are likely to have been externally influenced and may not actually reflect our true core Self, resulting in an inner tension. This is what causes anxiety and depression in a lot of cases.
The approach to counselling I employ is referred to as Person-Centred counselling. As the name suggests, it focusses on the individual or couple, and what they feel and believe. I may very gently challenge what is said from time to time, but it is important that how the person feels is validated and heard. The opportunity afforded by our therapeutic relationship allows each person to re-evaluate his or her own sense of self-worth, which then leads to having the courage, and even permission in some cases, to re-assess how they see other people and the world around them.
Diploma in Theology and Christian Ministry from Trinity College, Bristol (awarded by Bristol University)
Diploma in Counselling from Network Counselling, Bristol (awarded by University of Gloucester)
Certificate in Couples Counselling from See For Miles Ltd, Marlborough
Registered Member of the BACP.