'Instead of asking ourselves: ''How can I find security and happiness?'' We could ask ourselves:
"Can I touch the centre of my pain? Can I sit with suffering, both yours and mine, without trying to make it go away? Can I stay present to the ache and loss or disgrace, disappointment
-in all its many forms - and let it open me?"' Pima Chodron
Therapy creates a safe space outside of the relentless flow of a life that constantly pressures us to achieve more, own more and be better people. In counselling therapy you can stop and just ''be'' as you are - flawed, imperfect, hurt - and have your vulnerable humanity embraced. Your experience gets seen without judgement as valid and unique.
Being with a stranger who can truly listen and sit with your struggle without trying to hide it, diminish it or fix it, can seem strange even alien, but it can also be intensely healing. As a therapist I am prepared to be alongside you, honouring the whole of who you are, supporting you on your journey.
It's challenging to be honest with ourselves about where we have been, who we are and what we want, but it can also be life-affirming. In therapy you have permission to experiment with new and sometimes unfamiliar ways of being you, and develop new skills in self-support and resilience.
Together we can look at your blocks and fears, what brings you joy and energy. You can begin to connect more fully to your own feelings. The process is both creative and interactive and led by you because you are the expert on you and what you need to grow.
People come to therapy for many reasons. You may simply feel unhappy in life and need space to look at where you have arrived and how to move forward.
Please contact me if your problem isn't listed here and we can discuss it.
I work with the following specific problems:
Anxiety and depression, chronic shame, low self-worth.
Addiction, compulsive behaviours, eating disorders, weight issues, body dysmorphia and self-harm.
Complex trauma and PTSD, attachment or relational trauma, historic/childhood abuse or neglect, current or historic domestic abuse, loss and bereavement.
Career or workplace issues, issues relating to religion and crises of faith, family and relationship struggles, divorce and separation.
Issues relating to age, parenting, gender, sexuality, LGBTQ+ or racial identity, difficulties relating to neurodiversity (both for the neurodiverse and their neurotypical loved ones), and the psychological impact of physical illness and disability.