You may be feeling unhappy, lost, stuck in a rut, or unable to identify what is wrong. Perhaps you feel you need some time talking confidentially to a counsellor who can help you find a way forward, gain more clarity of thinking and further your understanding of yourself. I am experienced at working with adults, students and secondary school children and will tailor my approach to suit your needs. In addition to working at The Practice, I work at the counselling service for Oxford University and a local comprehensive school.
These are some of the issues I can help you with:
Anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues, family problems, divorce, work issues, redundancy, bereavement and loss, low self-esteem, current and historical abuse.
I have thought of some questions you may have and have given the answers below:
What will happen?
I am aware how daunting the first step to getting counselling can be. I will be happy to talk to you confidentially on the phone, prior to meeting, and answer any questions.
If you agree to meet, we can talk together and discuss what you’d like to achieve from counselling.
How long will we meet for?
I offer both brief and longer term work depending on your needs and requirements.
You may have a specific problem that you wish to work on in a focussed way for a short period of time, or it might be more appropriate to work longer term and explores issues in greater depth. I will discuss this with you at your initial meeting and will review with you as we go along. Each appointment is 50 minutes.
Working with You
Using a psychodynamic approach which looks at the the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour, we would explore your current issues and how they may be related to the past but you may not be consciously aware of them.
As we go through life we develop ways that help us manage our feelings about different experiences and relationships. Sometimes we get stuck in ways of being that may not be appropriate for the circumstances we now face and may even exacerbate the problem. I can help you think about the ways you feel, think and act and help you to discover alternative ways of thinking and behaving to alleviate your difficulties.
Our work together might also help to shed some light on how you relate to others and think about your Self, this can be invaluable to helping you achieve more satisfaction in your relationships and greatly improve your sense of self and well-being.
I am a warm and intuitive person and have lived in the local area for over twenty years.
Masters in Psychodynamic Practice – Oxford University
PGDip in Psychodynamic Practice – Oxford University
PGCert in Psychodynamic Counselling – Oxford University
Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
Registered No. 197734