"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 feel you can reach out to - 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.
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.
Grief can be overwhelming. You may experience thoughts and images that replay in your mind.
You may experience intense feelings such as:
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 on this journey.
Working together can bring relief and hope.
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.
I have practised bereavement counselling since 2011. Before this, I trained and volunteered for the charity Cruse Bereavement Care, providing one-to-one support and client assessments.
I can be of support if you're struggling with recent or past loss, including circumstances such as:
I hold an advanced-level Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Counselling. I have also received further training in child and baby loss, including the sensitive issues surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss and sudden infant loss.
I'm here for you. We can work together to find your sense of coping and moving forward.
Sessions can be over the phone or online using Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp - I'm happy to explore these options with you if you'd like to.
In the counselling space, you will be welcome as you are - I won't judge or tell you what to do.
I can help you feel part of a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship so you can grieve freely.
Working at your pace, we can explore your sense of loss, feelings and emotions and the life you shared or hoped to share with your loved one.
Offering compassion, acceptance and attentive listening, you can be yourself and feel valued, heard and understood - perhaps for the first time.
Sometimes it's hard to express your feelings and emotions through words alone, yet we can use creative mediums to assist with this, including art materials. We can also use creativity to honour your loved one if that would be helpful to you.
Mental health struggles, such as new or worsening depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder, can occur through loss and grief. As an experienced mental health therapist, I can support you with any struggles or concerns as part of our counselling.
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.
If you'd like to book a free consultation or ask questions before taking that step, please email me through this site or call or text 07729 193629.