Nobody should be made to feel ashamed or embarrassed about mental health issues
Nobody should be made to feel ashamed or embarrassed about mental health issues. Anyone of us can experience them, in one form or another.
I have worked with adults affected by mental health issues for 12 years, and my former roles include Appropriate Adult, Support Worker and Support Time Recovery Worker.
I have received various training in mental health issues, have knowledge of different medications and sectioning (being detained in Hospital under the Mental Health Act).
I am someone you can turn to if you're experiencing or affected by low mood, depression, anxiety, post-natal depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder.
Counselling can help you find relief from mental health issues
I offer a space that is free of judgement, criticism, any outside pressures or expectations, and many people value my ability to see way beyond a diagnosis or diagnoses.
I am interested in getting to know you, hearing and understanding how things are for you, and nurturing the person you are or would like to be.
I do not regard counselling as a 'treatment' for mental health issues, yet I do believe that it's an effective form of support if you're struggling in some way - perhaps with self-esteem, relationships, communicating your needs or dealing with your feelings.
I can help you work through any of the above, and life events that may have triggered your mental health issues or are impacting upon your mental health, such as bereavement, bullying, abuse, domestic abuse or divorce.
Couples and families
Mental health issues can unintentionally put a strain on relationships, and if you're caring for a family member or partner with mental health issues, you're at a higher risk of developing one yourself.
You may find your loved one's behaviour difficult to understand and cope with and feel unsure how to help. You may feel like you're walking on eggshells, and that your own needs or the needs of others are pushed aside or put on hold.
My role is to help you hear and understand each other, communicate with each other, and increase your support for one another.
Many people find counselling a positive, supportive experience that helps the whole family cope more effectively.
Self-expression through art
Some people find art helpful, and I have received training in art therapy and expressive arts therapy, and I can offer this alongside counselling.
Contact me to book an introductory session or ask questions
As a private counsellor, I can usually see you within a week for an introductory session, and then weekly or fortnightly after that. If finances are a concern for you concessions are available, and you can speak to me about this.
If you would like to book an introductory session or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629 or email me through this website.