What to Expect
How can counselling help me?
In a society where we are championed for being happy, strong and in control, it can seem daunting and even impossible at times to talk about how we truly feel in fear of becoming a burden or being judged. When our thoughts and feelings are kept inside and never expressed fully, they can begin to feel confusing and overwhelming, so talking these through with a counsellor can help you gain clarity and understanding over how you feel. You may also explore with your counsellor the options you have to begin to move forward with your life.
Person-Centred Counselling is rooted in the belief that we all have an innate desire for personal growth, yet we all come across different obstacles that prevent us from reaching our full potential, such as the expectations of others and the pressures we put on ourselves. Counselling can help you become more aware of when these obstacles tend to arise, and over time, how to give them less control over your life and your love for your self.
As a person-centred counsellor, I also believe no one knows you better than you know yourself, so my role is not to analyse the things you tell me or make my own assumptions about your experiences. Instead, I will be right there with you as we explore the reasons you have come to counselling, with gentleness and without judgement.
LGBTQ+ Affirmative Counselling
My counselling approach is LGBTQ+ Affirmative. This means I provide a safe, accepting space for clients of all genders and sexual orientations. I may address the impact that growing up in a heteronormative and cisnormative society can have on mental health, if this feels relevant to the counselling work.
I follow the Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) model. This is a broader framework inclusive of anyone who doesn't fit the societal norm, for example, individuals who are polyamorous or practice kink.
This is an area I have some specific experience and training in, however, this doesn't mean that I only work with LGBTQ+ clients or around issues of diversity - I welcome clients of all identities and backgrounds.
For a lot of people, talking through their problems and feelings is really helpful and this is exactly what they want from counselling. Others may find it useful at times to be able to visualise how they feel in relation to their selves, their relationships and life experiences.
Sometimes it feels like there aren't the words to describe what we are experiencing. Working creatively, (drawing or using objects, for example), can allow us to see all of those things we would only normally experience inside ourselves, which can provide both clarity and a deeper connection to our feelings.