Counselling and Psychotherapy


These are processes where people seek to express, understand and heal often deep emotional issues.

We offer a safe and sacred space to work through (sometimes long held) trauma and pain. People often contact a counsellor during a time of crisis. 

 The work of psychotherapy has taught me that the 'negative baggage' we collect along the 'roads of our life', doesn't  just slip off our backs, un-aided with the passing of time.

When a person can no longer, or indeed is no longer willing, to live with the consequences and impact of past pain-filled events, on their own ( and sometimes indeed on loved ones) lives, they will usually find, that 'un-packing' this baggage with an empathic and skilled listener/facilitator helps.

Sometimes a client will readily name the source of the pain.

Neglect,     Abuse,       Abandonment,    and sense of   Rejection   -   in the childhood formative years are sadly all too common experiences. 

Psychotherapy offers an avenue to safely explore psychological pain (whether conscious or unconscious) and facilitate  healing. 

More often however, clients are un-aware of triggers or sources of present unhappiness or despondency, and instead present with the 'symptomatic effects/burdens' of carrying this 'un-conscious negative baggage.

Presenting issues here may include;- 

    •      anger issues
    •      self-esteem/confidence issues
    •      difficulties forming or maintaining relationships
    •      depression
    • addictive behaviours
    • living an unhealthy life-style, characterised by issues as diverse as weight gain/loss,  to 'living on the edge'/reckless behaviours....
    • lack of engagement in one's own life, e.g. poor sense of purpose or meaning in one's life, 
    • suicidal thoughts
    • spiritual search
    • poor self-image

Other common presenting issues for adults  are:-

sense of  Loss,  Death, and Bereavement,
Depression (by 2020 WHO states this will be the 2nd most common 'dis-ease' experienced world-wide) 
High Anxiety and generalised Anxiety
Abuse, sexual, verbal, physical
the Trauma of experiencing Accidents, e.g. road traffic accidents
the Break-down of significant Relationships,
Illness, both Mental and Physical as it impacts on a person's life,
living and caring for a Spouse/Partner/Family member who experiences Depression (bi-polar or otherwise), 
and other physical and mental illnesses
Panic attacks,
excessive Worrying
Stress, work related and/or life-style
Life Transitions, e.g. Empty-nest, Age-related concerns
the impact of job loss/redundancy/(un-planned) early retirement for self and/or partner
Emotional or Psychological Breakdown
Sexual identity

The Process 

Making an appointment 

  Most often the initial contact is made when a person rings this practice to make an  enquiry about the service. The phone call also gives the caller a chance  to  'see how it feels to talk with the therapist.'  If both parties agree, an appointment is made and any further clarification regarding directions ...are given. Contact may also be made through email.          
At the end of the first session a way forward, or therapeutic plan is agreed between client and therapist.A client will commonly attend a one hour appointment usually once a week.The support afforded by this frequent contact is most helpful for the client especially in the initial stages of therapy. As the client moves to a 'healthier state' the frequency eases to every second week or more .

Therapy finishes when the therapist and client agree that the therapeutic plan has been achieved or when the client who is always in 'the driving seat' chooses to finish the process. 

Professional Ethics and Guidelines 

This practice has adopted the ethical guidelines of IACP.
Worthy of mention from these guidelines is the need for regular Supervision by the Therapist and also maintaining professional theory and skills by part-taking in Inservice / CPD. This is a valued action in this practice.

Client confidentiality is protected.

It is expected that both therapist or client shall give at least 24 hours notice if unable to keep an appointment. 

Therapeutic Approach offered

Numerous studies have consistently proved that all therapeutic approaches are equally beneficial for the client.  The most important factors for success are firstly that the client and therapist have good rapport and trust in their working relationship.  There-after the therapist's knowledge and skill set in their chosen approach(es) as well as,  the client's desire and  motivation to move forward in their life are rated highly as indicators of success.
The therapeutic approach offered  in this practice is an Intergrative Process, where the therapist will intergate a variety of therapeutic techniques to suit the clients personal ongoing needs. These techniques include; Family Systems, Rogerian, Gestalt,  Mindfulness, Solution Focused - CBT,and Transactional Analysis. I also work a lot with visualisation. 

Phone 059-9166924

Day-time and evening appointments are available