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Counselling 

What You Can Expect

Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?' - Carl Rogers. - Founder of the person-centred model 

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Hello. Thank you for taking the time and interest to learn more about me and whether we could be a good fit for you to get the support you are looking for. I hope I have covered everything you need within this site, but if not, jump to the contact page and send me a message; I will be happy to answer any questions or give you additional information. Also, please look at the subsections on each of my pages; they provide information on supporting adults or children, photos, and lists of my specialist training. To make this easier, click on the underlined words, which will take you straight to the relevant page. I hope you find what you are looking for and the right support. 

I qualified as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in 2007, and I currently work in Private Practice. I am person-centred trained, with qualifications in CBT, Gestalt and in the use of creative methods. I offer sessions face-to-face, outdoors in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and electronically/online from anywhere in the UK. (Please click on the links for more information)

 

I work with Children and Families as well as Adults. 

The Theory

'We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.' - Carl Rogers

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The theory behind the person-centred model is that over time, we move away from our authentic selves, whether from experiences, other people's conditions, or not expressing our true thoughts or feelings. So, through empathy and genuine warmth, I would support you or your child to become aware and become the person you want to be. 

If you would like to explore the use of creativity, I also use art and other creative methods, 

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Usually, we will talk via email or over the telephone before choosing to meet face-to-face or online. Through our initial call we will get a sense of whether we feel a connection and decide whether we both feel I am the counsellor for you or your child: We will also decide which type of sessions you would prefer or benefit most from. Due to the different qualities they all bring, during our time together, I may suggest trying the different methods, but ultimately that will be your choice.

The National Counselling Society have an amazing FAQ page which answers commonly asked questions. 

How Counselling Can Help

'The person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by certain life experiences, particularly those experiences which affect our sense of value.' -  Carl Rogers

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In life, what we say to others can sometimes have a knock-on effect, altering relationships and the way people see each other. Counselling eliminates this problem and offers you the space and freedom to explore your thoughts with an unbiased person.

While counsellors may not give you concrete advice or a checklist of things to do to feel better, they will help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems, providing you with the tools to help you resolve them on your own.

In most cases, a single session will not be enough to help overcome any issues you're facing. Counselling is a journey; it takes time and consistency to work effectively. Because of this, many people opt for regular counselling sessions to make the most of the process.

Counselling can help you better understand yourself and how you think, which will ultimately help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. The more armed with information you are, the easier it gradually becomes to navigate your way through any difficulties you face so that you can eventually come out the other side feeling more positive. Counselling can also help you better understand other people's points of view, which can shed light on how you interpret words or actions. - Counselling Directory

BACP - What Counselling Can Help With

THE CURIOUS PARADOX IS THAT WHEN I ACCEPT MYSELF JUST AS I AM, THEN I CHANGE" ~~CARL ROGERS

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