"Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals".
- L. J. Isham
Bereavement counselling can enable you to grieve freely and find your way forward
The loss of a partner, child, family member or friend can be truly devastating and distressing - I am so sorry if you are going through this.
And while grief is a natural response to bereavement (and other life changes and loss), coping with it can be challenging.
Grief can take you by surprise, feel confusing, intense and overwhelming at times, and you may experience feelings and emotions such as:
However, there is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to feel, or any such thing as something you should or shouldn't be feeling - everyone is different.
Grieving may take what feels like a long time, or certainly longer than you might expect, yet it is a necessary journey. By going through your grief at your pace, you learn to cope and adjust.
Support from others is often helpful, yet it's not always possible to talk to or grieve in the presence of family members or friends.
Talking to a bereavement counsellor can feel more comfortable and sometimes more appropriate, and there's no expectations or pressure to be or feel a certain way.
I have received specialist training in grief and bereavement counselling and can support you in what you are going through.
As a practising bereavement counsellor, I can be alongside you at your pace and with sensitivity, compassion and understanding.
I can offer a safe and non-judgemental space where you can be yourself, explore, reflect, and express your feelings and emotions.
Creative mediums such as art and journal writing can form a part of our work together - I have received training to facilitate and support this process and personally enjoy these mediums.
With knowledge in adult mental health, I can also work with you to address the additional challenges of depression, increasing anxiety or post-traumatic stress.
If you've experienced the loss of your baby or babies, I can be there for you.
The loss of a baby can be devastating and deeply traumatic. It can evoke intense feelings of sadness, loss, guilt, anger, fear and depression.
Partners can react differently to the experience - sometimes, differences in grieving and coping evoke misunderstandings, tension and hurt.
I have received training in the issues surrounding baby loss - miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, sudden infant death, and can work sensitively with you on an individual or couple basis.
If you're struggling to work through your loss as a couple - perhaps communication is difficult at the moment, counselling can offer a space for mutual support and healing.
You can get in touch with me about couples or individual bereavement counselling.
Bereavement counselling can enable you to feel supported through a loved one's illness
Facing a loved one's life-limiting or terminal illness can be devastating and distressing. You may find it difficult to process what is happening, cope with changes in your loved one, your relationship with them or new responsibilities.
If you are caring for or supporting your loved one, you may experience fatigue, overwhelming stress, and other feelings and emotions such as:
In the family unit, everyone can be affected, yet it's not always possible to receive support from one another - individual differences and perceptions may get in the way of this.
Alternatively, you may feel you have to be 'strong', struggle to take time for yourself or maintain contact and relationships with others.
I can be there for you if your partner, family member or friend has a life-limiting or terminal illness and you'd like to talk about this. Your needs and feelings matter too.
I can offer a safe and supportive environment where you can and may wish to:
I am easy to talk to - I will not judge or expect you to be or feel a certain way.
An introductory session can help us establish if we could work well together, and you can contact me to arrange this session or ask questions.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
I'm a counsellor in Hampshire and offer online or telephone sessions from Eastleigh near Winchester and across neighbouring counties.
If you would like to book an introductory session or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629 or use my contact form.