People come to counselling for many reasons. It could be that a current relationship or situation is affecting you, or maybe there are things from your past are holding you back or affecting you in ways you would like to change. Sometimes people come because they feel stuck, and would like to develop new ways of thinking and perspectives. Maybe you have been hurt in the past, maybe you have done or said things you regret. Whatever you bring to our sessions I assure you that I will meet them with acceptance and warmth. Nobody is perfect, in fact nobody is even nearly perfect. I want to offer you a safe space to express your fears, regrets and confusion without fear of judgement.
At your first session we will spend time getting to know each other. I believe that the most beneficial and valuable counselling experiences come out of a positive relationship between client and therapist. You need to feel that you will be comfortable and secure working me, and to that end I would always encourage you to take some time after the session to consider whether I am the right counsellor for you. For my part, if I feel that I am not the best person to help I will discuss this with you, and may suggest another counsellor or an alternative to counselling. However the choice is ultimately yours.
During our first meeting we can discuss how therapy might be of most use to you. I am trained as an integrative counsellor which means that I draw on a wide range of approaches and theories in my practice. What you need will be unique to you, depending on your personality, experiences and situation.