Counselling is for anyone who has reached a crisis point with a particular issue or problem in life where they have tried several ‘strategies’ but found no lasting relief. Counselling aims to create a safe space in which to analyse the issue(s), and what may be consciously, or more significantly, unconsciously contributing to this disturbance. By providing you with a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space, counselling can enable you to explore your unique issue(s), within the presence of a witness and a trained qualified professional.
During sessions I practice according to three main principles:
Non-judgemental - I work with a client’s reality, accepting them as they are and without judgement or prejudice, supporting them towards a journey of self-acceptance.
Empathic - I provide clients with a space to express complex or difficult emotions. People often need to be heard and acknowledged before they can understand what might be holding them back or keeping them caught in an unhealthy cycle.
Empowering - I work with clients to realise the best version of themselves, offering authentic connection, supporting you to realise and manifest your own potential. Authentic empowerment means having the ability to feel safe in your vulnerability, and knowing and accepting your limitations, as well as realising your strengths and developing your relationships.
My practice is best described as relational counselling. It is a non-directive form of therapy, which acknowledges that you are the expert on your life and that I do not claim to have any answers that you cannot find from within yourself. However, it can be helpful to be supported in finding these answers or a path which is where therapy plays an important part.
My part is to listen, accept and assist in enabling you to gain increased awareness of yourself, your environment and the implications of the choices you make, leading you to a more meaningful and fulfilling life. My method relies heavily on a collaboration, with me acting as a guide for you to explore what you need to.
Specialist Areas And Experience
Stress and anxiety
Depression/prolonged low mood
Loss or bereavement
CounSoul focuses on an individual’s inner suffering, meaning that which comes from the struggle from within us emotionally and psychologically as we journey through life and its various stages and transitions. I offer a space for you to examine your current life and together explore your historic ‘Story’, in a collaborative attempt to ‘re-vision’ the meaning you have given to it.
The ‘Soul’ in Therapy
The human ‘Soul’ as an indefinable concept, but is essentially the core focus of the therapy I am trained in. It is that which transcends the five senses of how we experience the world. It is concerned with experiences which stay in the memory and impact on the heart. It is more about the journey through life and less about the specific details or labels we and others choose to put on this. It is the experience we hold in our memory and in our body, which forms our unique experiences as we develop and grow as individuals. This impacts on us in many different ways.
Every one of us comes with a ‘story’ attached to our past which is influenced by our early experiences, and which forms our central core beliefs as adults. If we do not give attention to the ‘soul’ within our story it suffers over time as we begin to lose our sense of self, purpose, belonging and often that which we are led to believe brings us happiness, as this fails to lose its meaning on a deeper level.
Counselling can help in revisioning your story, and viewing your life from a different perspective, by helping you to see where you neglect your own sense of self and well-being by getting unconsciously caught in outdated behaviours to compensate for this.
In Soulful counselling, the question is often not why am I suffering in this way? But instead, why might this be happening to me now, and what might its meaning be?