"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
Bereavement counselling can offer a safe relationship where you can grieve freely and find your coping
If you're struggling after bereavement, I hope to be someone you reach out to - either on my practice mobile 07729 193629 or by email.
None of us can predict how we will be following the death of a loved one, yet it can be a truly devastating, distressing and lonely experience.
Your world may feel ripped apart or broken.
And while grief is a natural response, it may not feel like that when you're in the throes of it and trying to process everything that has happened.
Grieving can be hard work.
You may be experiencing troubling thoughts and images that replay over in your mind.
You may be experiencing feelings and emotions that overwhelm and concern you, such as:
Accepting your feelings may feel challenging.
You may feel you have no control over what you're experiencing or when - perhaps leaving you feeling vulnerable or scared. You may want the emotional and mental pain to go away.
Sadly, grief doesn't just disappear. It needs to be felt and expressed for you to move forward, yet I can be a supportive companion in this journey. Working together can bring relief and hope.
I have practised bereavement counselling since 2011. Before this, I volunteered for Cruse Bereavement Care for over three years, providing one-to-one support and client assessments.
You can turn to me if you're struggling with recent or past loss, including circumstances such as:
As an Accredited Practitioner of the Foundation for Infant Loss, I hold training in the sensitive issues around baby loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and sudden infant death.
I'm here for you. We can work together to find your sense of coping and moving forward.
You can call or text 07729 193629 or email me to book a free consultation in the first instance.
In the counselling space, you will be welcome as you are, and we can work at your pace.
I can help you feel part of a safe, trusting and supportive relationship so you can grieve freely.
Having the safety and support to reflect, talk openly and express your feelings can help you adjust to the changes in your life, find your sense of coping and come to terms with your loss.
Offering you genuine acceptance, compassion and attentive listening, you can feel valued, heard and understood at what may be the worst time of your life. I appreciate that your grief holds its own time, so I aim to nurture your self-compassion.
Grief can trick you into thinking you're going 'mad' or are somehow 'abnormal', yet I can offer gentle reassurance on what you're experiencing.
I can support you with exploring and expressing your feelings and emotions, including using creative mediums as part of this process.
As an experienced mental health counsellor, I can be of support if the stress or trauma of your loss has triggered new or worsening depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder. We can work together to relieve any struggles or concerns you may have.
Sadly, there's no timeframe for grieving, and sometimes long-term counselling is needed to support your coping and moving forward, yet I can work with you for as long as you need.
Sessions can be over the phone or online using Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp. A meaningful future is possible. It (really) is. I'm here for you.
You can contact me to book a free consultation or to ask any questions
I offer bereavement counselling across Eastleigh, Winchester, Southampton and Fareham.
If you'd like to book a free consultation or ask questions before taking that step, please call or text 07729 193629 or use my email form.