"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
Counselling can offer a safe and supportive relationship to attend to your mental health and wellbeing
If you're struggling with your mental health, I hope you'll reach out to me - on my practice mobile 07729 193629 or my contact form.
Being heard and supported in a non-judgemental and compassionate environment can bring relief and create a space to nurture your wellbeing.
Mental health struggles can be wide-ranging and vary from person to person, yet may include prolonged low mood, worry, panic or fear, low motivation, numbness, body image or eating issues and feelings of anger or worthlessness.
Or you may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings, a sense of helplessness or despair or perhaps troubling voices, beliefs or memories.
Or you may be feeling impacted by relationship issues or changes, the Covid pandemic, sexual or domestic abuse, carer or work stress, health or money concerns or feelings of loss and grief.
Whatever you're experiencing, I'm here for you.
You can talk freely with me.
We can work together online or over the phone to increase your overall sense of wellbeing. And if finances are a concern for you - perhaps you're on a low income, I can usually offer a reduced fee for sessions, so please do ask me about this.
I have been counselling since 2011 and volunteering for Rethink Mental Illness since 2015. In the past, I have been a Support Time Recovery Worker for Together for Mental Wellbeing and a Support Worker for female inpatients of an NHS psychiatric Hospital. I have also volunteered for the charity Solent Mind.
Sadly, negative perceptions around mental health issues still exist, yet I will strive to be nurturing and empowering in our counselling relationship.
I will not contribute to feelings of shame or weakness or define you by a diagnosis you may have or the struggles you may be facing.
While I hold professional knowledge of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder, I trust you're the expert on your own experiences and what feels best for you.
You're welcome to call or text 07729 193629 or use my contact form to book a free consultation.
Counselling may feel scary - especially for the first time, yet I am a down-to-earth person and easy to talk to, so I feel I can put you at ease.
As a person-centred counsellor, I can help you feel part of a safe and trusting relationship.
I can work with you on any goals you may have.
Offering genuine non-judgement, compassion and attentive listening, you can feel valued, heard and understood - perhaps for the first time.
If you're experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings, exploring them together can bring some relief. We can also work to help you regain a sense of control and rediscover feelings of hope.
Working at your pace, I can support you with exploring and expressing your feelings and emotions and building your self-compassion, self-care, confidence, self-worth and self-esteem.
I understand that life experiences can trigger mental health issues and also contribute to them, so we can explore experiences that may be impacting you - if you would like to, including:
Art mediums (creating a collage or using colour, cards or photos) can offer an alternative way of exploring your experiences and feelings. We can discuss creative counselling if you would like to.
Counselling sessions can be over the phone or online using Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp.
You can call or text 07729 193629 or use my contact form to book a free consultation.
Coping in a crisis
I am trained in crisis counselling and can offer you support in sessions, yet if you are feeling overwhelmed now, you can call or text a helpline, use the StayAlive app or contact an NHS service.
You do matter.
Talking can help.
Being listened to can make a real difference.
There is hope.
The Samaritans offer confidential emotional support 24 hours a day. You can call 116123 free of charge and also use their Self-Help app.
Shout offers a confidential text service 24 hours a day. You can text SHOUT to 85258.
SignHealth is the 24-hour crisis text line for deaf people. You can text DEAF to 85258.
StayAlive is a confidential suicide prevention resource for you or someone you know.
The NHS Advice Line is available 24 hours a day. You can call 111 and press option 2 for mental health support. In a life-threatening emergency, go to A & E or call 999.
Papyrus Hopeline UK
Papyrus offers a confidential helpline for young people (under 35's). You can call 0800 068 4141.
Suicide Prevention UK (SPUK)
SPUK offers a supportive listening service. You can call 0800 689 5652 in confidence.
Switchboard runs a confidential helpline for LGBT+ people. You can call 0300 330 0630.