COUNSELLOR BASED IN FAREHAM AND ONLINE
We all react differently to events in our lives. We experience our own thoughts and emotions and can sometimes struggle to make sense of them. Each of us is unique and we see and experience the world in our own way. Sometimes things happen that can overwhelm you causing anxiety and stress which impacts on your life and your ability to function. Counselling gives you a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings. The process supports you to unravel the threads that have become tightly wound and allows you to see a way forward.
I am a Humanistic Gestalt counsellor based in Fareham. I value the uniqueness of the person. I work creatively in the "Here and Now" to raise awareness to what is real, significant and important to you. This awareness allows you to make choices about your life and lead to an increase in self-esteem and confidence.
Gestalt is a German word meaning "the whole". The therapy is a creative process that uses the relationship between the client and the counsellor as an avenue to raise self-awareness, self-expression and growth. I also use some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques if I think they will add further support on your therapeutic journey.
"The aim of the Gestalt approach is for a person to discover, explore and experience his or her own shape, pattern and wholeness" Clarkson, 1999
I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which to talk. It is often by just being able to voice your emotions can help make sense of a situation and throw some light on it. I offer support to people who are going through a crisis or a difficult time in their life. I have experience working with adults from across a wide sector of the community who present with a range of issues including anxiety, stress and depression.
I offer support with:
ONLINE AND TELEPHONE COUNSELLING
During the current "lockdown", I am offering online and telephone counselling only until it is advisable to return to face-to-face sessions. Online counselling can be a useful alternative to face-to-face sessions and many clients have found it valuable. The confidentiality and security of the sessions remains an essential part of the process and there are some practical issues to be thought about before working this way. You will need to find a space where you are free to talk and pick a time when you will not be interrupted or are least likely to be. During normal times, I believe that the journey to and from the therapy session allows time to think and process what has taken place before re-entering your life. With this in mind, if possible, try and plan a short break before and after the session. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss this way of working further or CLICK HERE to visit the BACP website for more information on online and telephone counselling.
Ideally counselling sessions should be weekly to maximise the effect of the therapy. If this is not possible then we will agree a schedule that works for you. If you have any questions, please contact me either by phone, text or email and I will respond promptly and arrange a convenient time to talk.
I have daytime and evening appointments available Monday through Friday. During this period of "lockdown" , I am flexible with timings to cater for the change in circumstances.
When face-to-face sessions return, my counselling practice is based in the West Street Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre in Fareham. It is a discreet, comfortable and professional environment. The Centre is conveniently located near the Shopping Centre and is a 5 minute walk from the Bus Station and approximately a 12 minute walk from the railway station. Fareham has excellent road links making it within easy reach of Gosport, Southampton and Portsmouth and surrounding areas. There are several car parks nearby. Car Parking is free in Fareham after 6pm.