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 recent experience or something you have felt for a long time.
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 or belief in yourself.
You may not have the support and understanding of those around you, or feel comfortable talking to friends or family.
You may feel that friends and family can't help or be unable to receive or continue to receive therapy through the NHS.
These are 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 can 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 have professional knowledge of depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress, borderline personality disorder, perinatal and postnatal depression.
I can support you in your struggles with your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, including self-worth, confidence and self-esteem.
I can also work with you to explore stress and recent or past experiences that may have triggered or contributed to your mental health issues, including:
I can facilitate or support the use of creative mediums, including journal writing and art. These mediums can support self-expression, self-soothing and coping skills.
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)
Please call 111 for the NHS advice line or 999 in a life-threatening emergency.
Couples counselling can strengthen your relationship as partners or family members
Relationship issues and distress - from the past or in the present, can trigger and contribute to mental health issues.
Similarly, mental health issues can unintentionally affect a relationship or become the focus of that relationship.
In the family unit, misunderstandings may occur, as well as feelings of worry, stress, frustration, imbalance or crisis.
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 enable you to 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 are open to learning from the process.
Some of the goals (or aims) 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 both and how you would like to move forward.
As a person-centred counsellor, I will not take sides, make judgements, tell you what to do or how to be.
My role is to be alongside both of you, to facilitate communication and understanding, offer feedback, a fresh perspective on things and skills that may be helpful for you.
An introductory session can help us establish if couples counselling is the best way forward, and whether I am the right counsellor for you.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
I am a counsellor in Hampshire, and can currently offer online (video) or telephone sessions from Eastleigh near Winchester.
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.