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About Counselling


trees.jpgLiving your life with difficulties can feel like struggling along on a journey with too much to carry, equipped with only inadequate bags and cumbersome boxes. Counselling is a ‘pit-stop’ which enables you to pause, rest and unpack some of your belongings. Maybe you can leave some by the wayside, or maybe you can re-pack some in a way which makes them easier to carry. Stopping could give you the opportunity to discover an easier route. Your counsellor can’t carry your luggage for you or show you the way, but he or she can walk along with you for a while, and help you ‘re-pack’ ready for the next part of your journey.




Counselling is not about giving advice, but about offering you time and space to think through your options, discover different ways of coping, or come to terms with your past. It can be a challenging process as well as a rewarding one. An integrative approach to counselling means that each client is viewed as an individual with different needs from the therapy process. Tools and techniques from different recognised counselling approaches can be drawn on to work with each client in a way that is right for them. Life can be difficult, painful, and sometimes traumatic. Whatever your reason for considering therapy, counselling can provide you with a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which to explore your concerns.

To read more about confidentiality and to see a copy of the information sheet given to clients on their first session, click here.











I often recommend books to be read alongside our work together. The following is a list of books available at local libraries which may be useful:

Overcoming Depression and Low Mood

Dr Chris Williams

Overcoming Depression

Paul Gilbert

Overcoming Low Self Esteem

Melanie Fennell

Overcoming Anxiety

Helen Kennerley

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness

Gillian Butler

Overcoming Health Anxiety

Rob Willson

Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia

Derrick Sillove

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

David Veale

Overcoming Anger and Irritability

William Davis

Overcoming Perfectionism

Roz Shafran

Overcoming Chronic Fatigue

Mary Burgess

Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems

Colin Aspie

Overcoming Binge Eating

Dr Christopher Fairburn