Counselling can enable you to attend to and work on your mental and emotional wellbeing
I have worked with many people affected by mental health issues - in counselling and previous support roles, including:
I hope I can be of some support to you.
Experiencing mental health issues is not a sign of weakness or failure, yet it can be challenging, whether it's a new/recent experience for you or something you have felt or lived with for a while.
You may have thoughts and feelings that are difficult to make sense of, cope with, communicate or change, be concerned about your behaviour, or struggle to deal with things in the way you would like.
You may have difficulties accepting a diagnosis or diagnoses, or have fears or concerns about the future. You may have lost a sense of hope, belief in yourself or the possibility of recovery.
You may not have the support and understanding of those around you, or feel able to talk to friends or family.
You may feel that friends and family can't help or be unable to receive or continue to receive support through NHS services.
These are just some examples of the circumstances which have led people to come for counselling with me. Whatever has led you to consider counselling, I will not judge or define you in any way.
As a person-centred counsellor, I'm committed to creating and providing an environment where you feel valued, accepted, heard and understood.
My role is to nurture the potential you have within yourself, so you can bring about change and increase your overall sense of wellbeing.
I can support you in your struggles with depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress, borderline personality disorder, perinatal or postnatal depression.
I can also work with you to explore feelings of stress, low self-confidence and low self-esteem, and life experiences that may have triggered or contributed to your mental health issues, including:
I can facilitate the use of expressive mediums such as journal writing and art - you may find it hard to vocalise your thoughts and feelings or prefer to engage in a creative form of counselling.
I am also familiar with mindfulness and meditation - these practices can support emotional wellbeing and aid in the management of mental health issues.
An introductory session can help us establish if I'm the right counsellor for you, and you can contact me about this or to ask any questions you may have.
If you feel in crisis, unable to cope or keep yourself safe, you can also contact the following organisations.
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 call 111 for the NHS advice line or 999 in a life-threatening emergency.
Couples counselling can enable you to cope together - as partners or family members
I can offer couples counselling for partners or family members affected by depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress, borderline personality disorder, perinatal or postnatal depression.
Couples counselling can improve the way you are together, how you communicate with and support one another.
This type of counselling may benefit you if you would like to work on things together and learn from each other.
Some examples of the aims (or goals) of couples counselling include:
Couples counselling may also be of benefit if you wish to explore what a new mental health diagnosis means for you and how you can deal with potential difficulties and crises together.
As a person-centred counsellor, I can work with you in a safe and supportive way - I will not take sides, make judgements or contribute to feelings and experiences of stigma or prejudice.
My role is to facilitate communication and understanding between you, offer feedback and a fresh perspective on things so that you feel enabled to work on things and move forward together.
An introductory session can help us establish if couples counselling is the best way forward for you, and if I'm the right counsellor to assist you.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
I can work by phone, online, or from my therapy room in Eastleigh, near to Winchester and Southampton.
If you would like to book an introductory session or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629 or submit the contact form on this website.