Why Talking Therapy?
Whoever we are and no matter what stage of life we find ourself at, there will sometimes be problems, difficulties and challenges. Either due to certain situations, how we are thinking and feeling or quite often due to how our situation and state of mind are influencing each other.
At times, our situation, thoughts and emotions can feel intense or overwhelming due to our past or recent experiences and how we relate to them. Maybe our emotional world feels numb or blocked, perhaps there is confusion, a lack of meaning and direction in our life or concerns about the past or future. During such times it can be difficult to see a clear way through our experience.
If we have support from friends and family, it isn't always easy to share the full extent of our concerns with them. Indeed, our relationships (or lack of relationship) with our family, our partner, friends, colleagues and even with our-self, can be where we are experiencing the problems and difficulties.
How can I help you?
I believe that ultimately you are the expert on you, however I can provide an accepting, non-judgemental, empathic, safe and confidential space for you to explore your life situation and yourself.
Helping you bring more awareness, clarity and kindness to your experience, we can then explore your choices, what changes you can make and what strategies you can use to help move forward in a way that is most useful for you in your life at this time.
My past experience, integrative training and continuing professional development, provide me with the flexibility to draw on a number of theories and approaches (Person Centred, Existential, Psychodynamic, Cognitive, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness).
Whether you are looking to make defined and definite changes in your life or are less clear about your current experience and would like a more open exploration, the style, structure and pace of the sessions follows your needs.
I believe in an integrative and holistic approach to personal well-being which includes the interdependence between a healthy mind, "heart", body, supportive connections with others and our environment.
Counselling or Psychotherapy?
Counselling is usually shorter, more goal orientated work, aimed at resolving a few specific issues.
Psychotherapy is usually longer and deeper work, aimed at resolving more complex and often interrelated issues, leading to greater self-awareness and the exploration of the human condition and all that it entails.
The boundaries between Counselling and Psychotherapy can overlap and both approaches are ways to achieve a more fulfilled, happier and meaningful life.
Qualified, Registered, Insured and Professional
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the largest professional organisation which represents Counselling and Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. I adhere to the professional and ethical framework as set out by the BACP and I am fully insured.
I work out of a professional Counselling and Therapy Centre in Medway, Kent, St. Barnabas House. The centre offers a quiet, comfortable atmosphere and is easily accessible by car (with parking close by), bus or train and has disabled access.
Alternatively, if you are unable to physically attend the Centre, I offer phone and online Counselling and Psychotherapy sessions.