"When someone really hears you without passing judgement on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good". - Carl Rogers
Counselling offers a safe space where you can attend to your mental and emotional wellbeing
Experiencing mental health issues is not a sign of weakness or failure, yet you may struggle with the effects of that or with any changes that have occurred through your experience.
And being on the receiving end of judgement and a lack of understanding may contribute to your struggles and create feelings of guilt and shame.
Counselling offers a space where you can feel genuinely valued, accepted and understood. You can explore at your pace and discover new ways of being or living that feel meaningful to you and support your mental health.
I have worked with many people affected by mental health issues - in counselling and previous support roles, including:
I have worked with people experiencing their struggles (and progress) with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress, and borderline personality disorder.
As a person-centred counsellor, I'm interested in getting to know you and nurturing your potential so I won't make judgements or assumptions.
I can hold a safe space to explore thoughts, feelings and memories, and experiences such as:
I'm able to listen attentively to how things are for you and facilitate the use of creative mediums such as art and journal writing. Please reach out if you feel you need to.
If you feel you're in crisis or unable to keep yourself safe, you can ask for an urgent GP appointment, call 111 for the NHS Advice Line or 999 in a life-threatening emergency.
For free support by phone or text, you can also contact:
Call 116 123 (24 hours)
Hope Line UK (For under 35's)
Call 0800 068 4141 or text 07860 039967
Shout (Crisis text line)
Text SHOUT to 85258 (24 hours)
Couples counselling can help you strengthen your relationship and your support for one another
Partners and family members affected by mental health issues can benefit from couples counselling - this may be an option for you.
Couples counselling offers a safe space and opportunity to work on things together, feel mutually supported, and learn from the process.
Some of the aims (or goals) of couples counselling include:
Couples counselling can also offer a space to explore what a new diagnosis means to you and how you would like to move forward together.
As a person-centred counsellor, I can facilitate communication and understanding between you and offer a fresh perspective on things.
Please reach out if you need to - I will do my utmost to put you at ease.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
I offer sessions online or by phone - I'm happy to explore the options with you.
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.