Counselling and psychotherapy (face to face and online)
Whether you are experiencing a life change, crisis, traumatic event or a recurring difficulty, it can be helpful to get support rather than struggle on your own. Alternatively you may cope well but are somehow feeling dissatisfied or uncertain about the direction of your life. You do not have to be in crisis to benefit from counselling or psychotherapy. Whatever your needs are, it can be an effective means of addressing your issues. In my experience problems presented are often symptoms for underlying conflicts as well as opportunities for personal growth.
Counselling/psychotherapy provides a safe and confidential space for you to explore your emotions, feelings, thoughts, dreams and experiences. It encourages greater autonomy, self-responsibility and self-awareness, which can lead to a more balanced way of relating to yourself and others and enhance the quality of your life.
It requires commitment and a willingness to look at yourself. When choosing a therapist, it is important that it is someone with whom you can build a good relationship, as this is a key factor in the effectiveness of the therapy. When looking for a therapist, do not hesitate to ask for their credentials, way of working etc.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
There is no clearly defined difference between counselling and psychotherapy, as the processes of both overlap in many ways. I see counselling as a more short-term approach generally focusing on specific life events or difficulties, whereas psychotherapy is a more in depth process involving more time and dealing with a more fundamental exploration and change of oneself.
What problems does counselling/ psychotherapy address?
Counselling and psychotherapy can help with:
- Depression / postnatal depression
- Relationship/marriage issues
- Loss and bereavement
- Lack of confidence
- Acute and chronic illness and psychosomatic illness
- Parenting/becoming a mother
- Career change or redundancy
- Identity, Gender and Sexuality
- Lack of direction or meaning in life
- Spiritual exploration
These are just some examples. There are many other reasons for which you may seek counselling or psychotherapy. I cannot list all the issues I have worked with, so please feel free to contact me for an initial assessment session so we can discuss whatever concerns you have to see if it something we can work on together.
I have been trained in various models of counselling and psychotherapy (psychodynamic, humanistic, existential and transpersonal) at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education and I work with you as an individual in a way that is most suitable and beneficial for you.
I offer a warm, safe and supportive space where you can be free to express your thoughts and feelings without being judged. I also work with you to reveal and build on your strengths and qualities. I bring integrity, intuition and experience to my work as a therapist.
Counselling and Psychotherapy from a heartfulness perspective
I have also been trained in Reiki Tummo and Open heart meditation by Irmansyah Effendi, the founder of Reiki Tummo and Open Heart Meditation and author of numerous books on spirituality.
Everyone has a spiritual heart and most people can learn how to feel their heart. Your heart is a non physical centre (as opposed to your physical heart) located in the centre of your chest within what is referred to as your heart chakra (an energy centre). Your heart is the key to calmness, peacefulness and happiness and spiritual development.
Is it for me?
This type of therapy can work for you whether you have a particular issue you would like to look at or you simply wish to feel happier and more fulfilled in your life. Whether you already know what problems you wish to tackle, or you wish to explore the purpose of your life, or you would like to try something new, heartfulness therapy can benefit you.
What happens in a session?
In the first session I take a detailed history of you and we discuss what you would like to gain from the therapy. It is an opportunity for me to get to know you and for you to get a sense of how I work and ask me any questions about the therapy and the way I work. I regularly offer to review any progress made in therapy and assess what is the best next step forward for you.
In a typical session you will talk to me about your concerns and I ask you questions to help us both understand more about the causes and links of your current situation or predisposition. The first step is usually about gaining insight into your own personality which can influence the way you react to certain events. The next step it to look at how changes can come about for you to experience improvements in those areas where appropriate. If you are interested in my heart-centred approach I may offer a guided meditation or healing as part of the sessions.