I realise that asking for help is not always an easy step to take. The prospect of sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone else is quite a leap of faith, and if you have not experienced counselling before you may be wondering what to expect.
I offer a comfortable space where we can talk and get to know each other, and start to explore your thoughts and make sense of your personal difficulties, working entirely at your own pace. By exploring our past experiences and relationships we can often gain a new and fresh perspective on our issues which can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves.
Everyone has the right to feel proud of who they are, and I take equality and diversity very seriously. I also believe that as humans we are all vulnerable to making mistakes and poor choices. Although this may feel devastating at times, counselling and psychotherapy can help you learn from these challenges in order to move forward.
Some of the issues I have helped people to make sense of and overcome are:
- Depression and mood instability.
- Anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
- Burn-out and re-traumatisation for those in the caring professions.
- Eating disorders, self-harm and substance misuse.
- Low self-esteem/low self-confidence and issues around shame.
- Identity concerns, including gender uncertainty and sexual preference.
- Relationship and communication difficulties.
- Struggles with life transitions (e.g. finishing school/university, changing jobs or location, marriage, divorce, childbirth, retirement, ageing).
- Bullying, including in the workplace and through social media.
- Bereavement, grief and loss.
Whatever your reasons for starting therapy, I offer a confidential, supportive space where you can explore and better understand your thoughts, feelings and life experiences in order to develop a more contented sense of yourself. If you are over 18 and looking for short or long-term psychotherapy or counselling in the Hertfordshire area, please get in touch.