“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”
(Carl Rogers, founder of the Person Centred approach to counselling, 1959)
I was drawn to the Person Centred approach to counselling as it shares many of my values. The Person Centred philosophy believes that given the right conditions we all have the ability to heal any inner pain or difficulties we may experience in our lives, and to fulfil our own potential.
I work collaboratively, in an empathic, accepting and respectful manner. It is my belief that you are the expert on yourself, and providing a safe, non-judgemental, supportive space enables you to explore at your own pace, issues and feelings that are troubling you.
I see my role as working alongside you during our sessions, by which I mean really listening to you fully, and try to understand whatever it is you’re struggling with.
You may be going through significant life transitions or challenges, such as bereavement, change in health/ability, sexual/gender identity, relationship issues, the process of ageing etc. There may be past (or current) trauma which is causing you difficulties in your life. Counselling can help.
Known as a talking therapy, counselling provides an opportunity for you to be really listened to, and this is often sufficient in itself as a healing process. It may take time, and be painful to get in touch with your emotions, but being really listened to by someone who is able to empathise with and support you through this process, can be unburdening and liberating. For some, alternative ways can be additionally helpful as means to expressing yourself. So I can also offer Mindfulness techniques, and creative ways of working such as drawing, use of natural objects and creative writing.
Outside/Natural therapy: My love of the natural world, and increasing awareness that being outside ( often in all weathers!) helps me feel grounded and connected, enhances my emotional wellbeing and a sense of being my real self. This led me to undertake a 4 day residential course – Taking Therapy Outside – in September 2018 and enables me to offer adapting our work outside. Nature can have a profoundly therapeutic impact on our emotional/psychological state, providing us with new and healing insights. Should this way of working interest you, we would have at least one session indoors to begin with, to discuss how and where this would take place.
I offer a flexible way of working suggesting weekly sessions initially if possible, the regularity being ultimately your choice and to suit your needs. Sessions are for one hour, Monday to Friday between 10.30am to 7pm. I can work with you on a short, medium or long term basis, and we will review how you feel the sessions are going at intervals.
My standard fee is £40 per individual and £60 per couple. Some concessionary rates are available.
In addition to attending my own regular clinical supervision sessions, I am part of peer supervision groups, and attend short training workshops/courses which all serve to enhance my professional and personal development.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work according to their Ethical Framework.
I am based in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, and work from home.
Please also see my profile on the Counselling Directory website: www.counselling-directory.org.uk/ (Put Prestwich into Search and scroll down to find me)