Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’ which aims to bring about understanding, growth and healing through the relationship between client and counsellor. It provides a confidential space for you to talk through your thoughts and feelings with a non-judgemental, professional person.
Everybody faces difficulty in their lives at some point, and we don’t always have the resources to cope with things on our own. In your counselling sessions I will offer you new tools, coping strategies, perspectives and resources so that you can improve your wellbeing; I will listen, so you can feel heard and understood. Then, together, we can find a new way forwards.
As a supervisor, I aim to cultivate the same person-centred values and attitudes with my supervisee as those I bring to my own client work – namely, genuineness, empathic understanding and acceptance. A therapist’s work can be challenging and I find that the best way of facilitating their practice is to model in supervision the qualities they need to actualise to bring about change with their clients.
In the supervision relationship these values and attitudes help to foster the development of trust, collaboration and growth. Trust needs to be present between supervisor and supervisee so that openness, challenge and vulnerability can be present in the work in order better to serve the needs of the client. The supervisory relationship also needs to be collaborative with both parties using their willingness to work together with complexity and uncertainty to produce new insights and understanding in client work.
Above all, supervision is a process that should highlight the importance of staying open to growth and development, both personally and professionally. This is the best way to ensure that the work of therapy remains vital, ethical and informed.
Mindfulness one-to-one sessions
Mindfulness is about awareness, acceptance, compassion and non-judgement, and it integrates seamlessly into my counselling work. However, if appropriate, I can teach you meditations, techniques and perspectives to help you work with your emotions to gain more clarity, calm and compassion for yourself and others. Therefore, I offer mindfulness one-to-one coaching sessions to support you yo deepen your practice or to work on a specific issue in your life that would benefit from an ad hoc Mindfulness session.