Counselling can help you attend to and improve your mental and emotional wellbeing
We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health, and both are equally important as they can affect one another. Mental health includes what we think, how we feel and behave, and of course, this can change as a result of situations, relationships and events.
Anyone can experience mental health issues - it's not something to feel ashamed of or embarrassed about, yet the experience can be different between people, including triggers, feelings and effects.
If you're worried about your mental health, please make an appointment with your GP. As a counsellor, I do not diagnose mental health issues, yet I do have knowledge that I draw upon so that I can support you as best I can.
I have supported adults affected by mental health issues since 2006 - my previous roles include Support Time Recovery Worker, Support Worker, and Appropriate Adult, and I'm committed to providing an environment where you feel safe, accepted, valued and understood.
What I can support you with
I can journey with you if you're struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress or borderline personality disorder. Psychosis may be an experience you're also familiar with, and would perhaps like to explore in counselling.
Everyone has their reasons for considering counselling, and often a sense of how they'd like things to be, yet I can support you with any or all of the following:
It may also be useful to know that I'm an experienced counsellor for life challenges such as:
While the term 'mental health recovery' means different things to different people, it can (and does) happen.
How I work as a counsellor
I offer time and space that's for you - we can all benefit from attending to our needs and wellbeing. You can talk to me and be yourself, and I can work sensitively at your pace.
While I have sound knowledge in a range of mental health issues - depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, I will not judge or define you by any diagnosis you may have.
I can listen attentively to how things are for you, so you feel valued, heard and understood, and can also get a fresh perspective on things and develop your awareness. Warmth, compassion and hope for the future, are just some of the other qualities I bring to my work - this is part of who I am as a person.
I can offer a creative approach using art and other mediums in sessions, and I am also familiar with the practices of meditation and mindfulness.
I believe that you have strengths and inner resources that you can build trust in, draw upon and develop, and my goal is to support you in this process so that you can find a way through your difficulties and continue to be the best that you can be.
Getting urgent support
If you need to talk to someone now - perhaps you're feeling in crisis, unable to cope or keep yourself safe, please contact one of the organisations below.
Call 116 123 (24 hours)
Email [email protected]
HopelineUK (under 35s)
Call 0800 068 41 41
Email [email protected]
Text 07860 039967
Shout (crisis text line)
Text Shout to 85258 (24 hours)
You can also call 111 for the NHS advice line or 999 in a life-threatening emergency.
Couples therapy can help you cope with the effects of mental health issues
We all benefit from being supported in our relationships - it nurtures our mental health and development, yet you may struggle to give or receive support, despite your best efforts. Feelings and needs can be different between people and also change over time.
If you're in a close relationship with or caring for someone that's experiencing mental health issues, you may find it difficult to understand, reach out to them when they are struggling or get the support you need for yourself.
I'm here for you if you would like (and could benefit from) support as partners, immediate family members or friends. Counselling sessions offer space and an opportunity to strengthen your relationship and increase your understanding and acceptance of mental health issues.
As a couples counsellor, I will work to provide a safe, trusting and non-judgemental space where both of you can talk and have your feelings and concerns respected, heard and understood.
I can support you in listening to and communicating with one another and finding ways of coping together. Many people find couples therapy a positive, supportive experience.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
I have a comfortable therapy room at Wessex House in Eastleigh, or can provide online counselling through VSee or Zoom.
If you feel that counselling with me might benefit you, please get in touch to arrange an introductory session. I'm also happy to answer any questions you may have. You can call 07729 193629 or submit the contact form on this website.