People come for counselling for lots of different reasons. You may be having problems in your relationship, family or job. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, stressed, or have recently experienced some sort of loss or trauma. There may be feelings or experiences that you have shut away for a long time that you've decided you want to talk about. I work with a range of issues and can help you to make sense of many difficult feelings.
Counselling provides you with a space to talk about problems you may be having in your personal or working life with someone who doesn't know you and will not judge you or tell you what to do.
My aim as a Counsellor is to help you explore and clarify your feelings, enabling you to understand yourself and your situation better and make agreed changes in your life - if that's what you want to do.
'When I was knocked sideways by work-related stress and an ensuing bout of depression, I was able to share my thoughts and worries with Alison at a time when I sometimes felt desperate. This helped me to deal with the day-to -day difficulties I was facing, and later on to re-build my self esteem.'
The counselling model that I use is Relational. It's an integrative approach which draws on the person centred and psychodynamic models.
(For more information on counselling models go to www.bacp.co.uk.)
In the relational model the relationship between the counsellor and the client is central, and I aim to be genuine, non-judgemental and empathic in the way that I work with you. I hope to create an environment which feels secure and supportive in order to help you resolve whatever difficulties in your life you may be experiencing. If appropriate, we might think about the connection between present feelings and past events.
I suggest an initial therapy session in the first instance, so that we can meet and discuss your needs and expectations from counselling. This session also gives you the opportunity to decide if you would like us to work together on a more regular basis.