Counselling and therapy offer a chance to explore the areas in life we find difficult. Deep and long-lasting change is possible, but it takes time and effort to get to the roots of our difficulties. These difficulties might include anxiety, fears, depression, sadness, loneliness, stress, relational breakdowns or suicidal feelings. Over time the relationship between you and the counsellor/therapist can create a safe space where the origins of some fears, anxieties, doubts and negative patterns may come to light. These can then be thought about, together, and worked through. It may be challenging at times but it can get to a point where staying stuck hurts more than risking growth.
I trained for over five years and have had many years experience working on a one-to-one basis offering emotional, pastoral and psychological support. In addition I have worked as a bereavement counsellor with CRUSE Bereavement Services and in hospital chaplaincy. I have also been a Support Worker in the charity sector, as well as providing training for Learning and Development in the voluntary sector. Continuing professional development is a requirement of my member organisation and I attend regular workshops, conferences and events to keep my practice up-to-date.