The terms ‘counselling’ and ‘psychotherapy’ are often used interchangeably. Counselling or the process of psychotherapy is about a safe place for you to explore and express your issues, concerns and fears, whether these are past or present. Frequently it is about discovering and accepting who you are on the inside as well as the outside. Counselling can often assist in the journey of self-discovery, and our job is to enable you to recognise what it is you need in order to grow and reach your full potential.

As a counsellor, I am trained to listen and will try to understand what you are feeling. You will not be given advice or opinions but will be offered an opportunity to look at your situation from several angles so that you can decide for yourself what you would like to try and do about it. You will be helped to recognise and draw on your own strengths and resources. You may even discover new qualities you didn’t know you had. Not only is counselling a place to explore difficult issues, it also a space in which to grow and develop.

Contrary to the meaning of the word ‘counsel’ (advice), the Counsellor or Therapist’s job is not geared towards giving advice.  Counselling is an exploration at a basic level of a client’s situation, and the process therein on a superficial level.  Psychotherapy explores the client’s history and brings to light a deeper understanding of himself and aspects of his unconscious behaviour. Through the understanding of the triggers of this behaviour, the client can make changes to his life’s situations.

The work of psychotherapy can involve:

  • feelings associated with loss
  • family crisis, including separation
  • life stage developmental problems
  • past trauma
  • abuse issues
  • relationship problems
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • phobias
  • obsessions
  • self-harm
  • addictions
  • any other emotional or psychological difficulty
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