"When someone really hears you without passing judgement on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mould you, it feels damn good". - Carl Rogers
Counselling can offer a safe and supportive relationship to attend to your mental health and wellbeing
If you are struggling with your mental health, I hope to be someone you feel you can contact - on my practice mobile 07729 193629 or by email.
I can offer prompt support, including in a crisis, and a safe environment where you can be yourself, explore, reflect and find your sense of wellbeing.
Mental health issues can be wide-ranging, yet you may be experiencing depression, anxiety, panic or fear, or reoccurring feelings of anger, low self-confidence, worthlessness, guilt or shame.
Or you may be battling suicidal thoughts and feelings, a sense of helplessness or despair or perhaps troubling voices, beliefs or memories.
Or perhaps struggling to relieve feelings of stress.
Whatever you are experiencing matters, and I can work with you at your pace - in a trusting, compassionate and non-judgemental way.
As an online and telephone counsellor, you can access counselling sessions from the comfort of your own home or other private space. And if you're concerned about finances - such as being a student or on a low income, I can offer a reduced fee for your sessions. Please do ask me about this.
I have been counselling since 2011 and a volunteer for the charity Rethink Mental Illness since 2015. In the past, I have been a Support Time Recovery Worker for Together for Mental Wellbeing and a Support Worker on an NHS psychiatric ward. I have also volunteered for Mind.
While I hold professional knowledge of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder, I trust you're the expert on your own experiences.
And I don't see a mental health diagnosis as defining the person you are or could become.
When you're struggling with your mental health, it can be challenging to reach out for support, yet I feel I can put you at ease.
I'll work with you to establish a relationship where you feel safe, supported and empowered, and we can explore and reflect at a pace that you feel comfortable with. Offering you attentive listening, you will be genuinely heard and understood.
If you're experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings, we can explore them so you can gain a sense of control and rediscover feelings of hope.
We can also explore life experiences that may have impacted your mental health or be contributing to your mental health, such as:
- Loss or bereavement
- Surviving sexual or domestic abuse
- Carer stress
- Loneliness or social isolation
- Relationship issues or changes
- Pregnancy, childbirth or parenting
- Chronic illness
- Bullying or harassment
- Work-related stress.
But we don't have to rely solely on talking - we can use creative mediums in session, such as art materials, cards or photos if you would like to.
My aim in our counselling relationship is to support confidence and trust in yourself, so you can make choices or changes you want to make and increase your overall sense of wellbeing.
I offer a low-cost 45-minute consultation to explore the possibility of counselling together. Depending on your preference, the consultation can be over the phone or via Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp.
If you'd like to arrange a consultation or ask questions before taking that step, please email me through this site or call or text 07729 193629.
Coping in a crisis
I am trained in crisis counselling and can offer you support in sessions, yet if you are feeling overwhelmed now, you can call or text a helpline, use the StayAlive app or contact an NHS service.
You do matter.
Talking can help.
Being listened to can make a real difference.
There is hope.
The Samaritans offer confidential emotional support 24 hours a day. You can call 116123 free of charge and also use their Self-Help app.
Shout offers a confidential text service 24 hours a day. You can text SHOUT to 85258.
SignHealth is the 24-hour crisis text line for deaf people. You can text DEAF to 85258.
Stay Alive is a confidential suicide prevention resource for you or someone you know.
The NHS Advice Line is available 24 hours a day. You can call 111 and press option 2 for mental health support. In a life-threatening emergency, go to A & E or call 999.
Papyrus Hopeline UK
Papyrus offers a confidential helpline for young people (under 35's). You can call 0800 068 4141.
Suicide Prevention UK (SPUK)
SPUK offers a supportive listening service. You can call 0800 689 5652 in confidence.
Switchboard runs a confidential helpline for LGBT+ people. You can call 0300 330 0630.