Areas of expertise
I work with both individuals and couples. You may have
early experiences that prevent you from engaging in rich and
meaningful relationships. Your choice of partner may be
clouded, often in a way you are not aware of. Not being able
to get close to others, or to stay close over time, can be a
frustrating and lonely experience. You may be aware of this,
but not feel able to change how you deal with others. With the
assistance of a therapist you can change this.
Work / life balance
Much of our time is spent in our working lives. You may feel
that you do not reach your potential or you are in two minds
about your ambition, direction and achievement.
Similarly, what happens if you become reliant on your work
persona, or work takes over from other important aspects of
life? You may feel unable to make choices, as if compelled to
devote yourself to work. You can learn to prioritise, to
attach importance to things of your own choice, and to make
sacrifices only when there is a real necessity to do so.
Our families can provide a place of belonging and contentment.
When there is disharmony, you may feel you are pulled in
different directions by the roles given to you; wife and
mother, father and leader, daughter and carer. In therapy you
can re-evaluate your place in your family and alter the way
others respond to you.
Bereavement and loss
Often we are unable to change things in our lives, and
acceptance of this can be assisted in therapy. Counselling can
help you come to terms with and make sense of your loss. If
you get stuck in your grief it can support you in
understanding your feelings and making choices.
Depression and anxiety
These have become medical labels, symptoms to be 'treated'
rather than understood as emotional problems. Prescribed
medication can provide relief for many but this can compound
the belief that there is something wrong with you that you
cannot control. Therapy can help you take charge of your
thoughts and moods.
Habits and cravings, dependency
If you feel you are too dependent on substances, food,
alcohol, or even other people, then therapy can assist you.
You can discover the underlying causes for the habit and find
ways live without it.