How I Might Support You

Common issues I encounter in my work with clients are:

 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Work-related stress

  • OCD

  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Health anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Abuse

  • Bereavement & other life losses

  • Chronic illnesses

  • Autism

 

I have undergone further training on how to best support those with Autistic Spectrum Condition. This means that I will invite you to let me know how I can best attend to your individual needs and whether we are working online or face-to-face, I will aim to make you as comfortable and as safe as possible.

How Long Will It Take ?

My core training was as an integrative counsellor, my model being relationship based, drawing on both person-centred and psychodynamic theories. These theories continue to inform the way I practise but the reality is that work is often time-limited due to limited resources.

Over the years, I have added to my skills, including the foundations of CBT which complements my existing model. I have a variety of resources to help clients when they get stuck as sometimes a different approach or perspective is all that is needed to get going again.

 

I have a lot of experience working for Employee Assistance Programmes which means I have worked with a large number of clients from diverse backgrounds and presenting problems. This particular type of work is limited to 6 or 8 sessions so I have learned to be very focussed in the way I work.

 

When we first meet, we will explore whether you want ongoing support or whether you would like to set yourself some goals. It may be that you don’t know at first and that is absolutely fine. It is often the case that the real heart of the problem isn’t apparent to you when we begin so having a goal like “I want to feel more assertive/less anxious or tearful/have more motivation” can be enough of a goal at the start.

 

We’ll monitor how you’re doing along the way too and this will help us think about the length of your therapy. There are short forms that you can complete each session which can help give a focus and also let me know if something seems to have changed since the last sessions. Equally, if you feel strongly that these forms are not for you, either I can do them on your behalf or we can skip them altogether. The one thing that I do need to know about though is whether you have been experiencing any suicidal thoughts as your safety is my priority. If you are, we can talk about it and decide on a safety plan.