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Azalea Counselling Counselling from Eastleigh near Winchester
with Vicky Mould

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"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

Mental Health Counselling. Mental Health counselling

Counselling offers a safe space where you can attend to your mental and emotional wellbeing

When you're struggling with your mental health, it is helpful to have the right kind of support when you need it. However, this support may be hard to come by, including for the following reasons:

  • Experiencing judgement and a lack of understanding from those around you
  • Difficulties accessing support through caring, family or work responsibilities
  • Not wanting to 'worry' or 'burden' your partner, family members or friends
  • Having to wait a long time for services via the NHS, including counselling
  • Being unable to find local organisations or services that can meet your needs.

    A lack of support can increase that sense of distress and reinforce or create feelings of guilt, shame, loneliness, low motivation, low self-worth.

    Many people come for private counselling - you can get support in a timely fashion. And it's an environment where you are valued as you are - not judged, defined, or told what is best for you.

    Counselling can help you find new ways of coping, being or living that feel meaningful to you and support your mental health. And online or telephone counselling is just as equally effective.

    As a person-centred counsellor, I can offer you genuine warmth and acceptance, attentive listening and understanding.

    I have been a person-centred counsellor for over ten years and have volunteered for the charity Rethink Mental Illness since 2015. I have also undertaken other mental health roles, including:

  • Support Time Recovery Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Appropriate Adult.

    I have worked with many people experiencing depression, postnatal depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress, borderline personality disorder, including people from different cultural backgrounds.

    Any mental health issue can be debilitating, confusing, severe, or feel like a familiar or ongoing battle/slog. The experience may also be challenging to communicate with others.

    As a person-centred counsellor, I can work with you to alleviate distress, frustration, confusion or stress you may be experiencing and enable a greater sense of choice and control in your life.

    I can provide a safe and non-judgemental space where you can express and release your thoughts and feelings. I can listen in a way that helps you feel genuinely heard and understood and gain clarity or a fresh perspective on things.

    Creative mediums, such as art or journal writing, can be utilised to support self-expression and coping skills - if this may be of interest to you.

    I can work with you to explore life experiences that may have triggered your mental health issues or are contributing to them, such as:

  • Bullying
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual trauma/violence
  • Loss, grief and bereavement
  • Carer stress or struggles
  • Pregnancy or parenting issues
  • Relationship issues or changes
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Disability or long-term physical illness
  • Work-related issues and redundancy.

    Working together in sessions can help you build trust and confidence in your strengths and inner resources and take steps to support your mental health and overall sense of wellbeing.

    Working together can also help you maintain your sense of wellness or progress, such as identifying and addressing stressors early on and reducing the impact of setbacks or relapses.

    If you would like to explore the possibility of counselling with me, please get in touch.

  • Couples counselling can strengthen your relationship if one or both of you experience mental health issues

    Couples counselling is a safe way of developing support and communication in your relationship if one or both of you experience mental health issues, including a diagnosed mental illness.

    As a person-centred counsellor, I trust that having solid, strong relationships with those you care about can support (and nurture) your mental and emotional wellbeing and personal growth.

    Trained in couples counselling, I work with partners and family members impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder.

    Couples counselling is a choice to work on things together, including talking through feelings that may be difficult to discuss or understand. Some of the aims of couples counselling include:

  • To gain a greater understanding of how mental health issues are affecting you both
  • To increase your awareness of how your relationship is impacting your mental health
  • To gain clarity on the kind of support that each of you needs
  • To improve how you listen to and communicate with one another
  • To develop your coping skills for managing triggers or in a crisis
  • To be more appreciative of one another and more tolerant of the differences between you.

    Working as a person-centred couples counsellor, I can support you with all of the above and provide an environment where you both feel genuinely welcome, valued and accepted.

    I can facilitate communication and understanding between you and offer education around mental health issues - I don't take sides, make judgements or tell you what to do.

    I can also offer a space to discuss what a new mental health diagnosis means to you and develop ways to deal with difficulties together.

    If you would like to explore the possibility of couples counselling, please get in touch.

  • You can contact me to book a free consultation or to ask any questions

    I can offer a free consultation over the phone or online using Whereby, FaceTime or Zoom.

    If you would like to book a consultation or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629 or use my contact form.

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