What do I do?
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What kind of counselling do I offer?
The type of counselling I offer is integrative, evidenced-based and holistic.
Integrative counselling means I use interventions and techniques from several different counselling styles. In my case these are Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Person Centred (PCT) and Attachment based. This integration allow me to work short-term and long-term, to work with symptoms as well as emotions, and work with issues that may be rooted in your past. We work together collaboratively, so we can adapt and change your therapy to suit your needs.
Evidence-based means we will be using techniques with scientific or academic evidence to support them. It is important that your therapist knows what they are doing, how effective a treatment might be and any risk involved.
Holistic means we will be working with you as a 'whole person'. You are not a list of symptoms, problems and complaints. We live lives full of complex interactions and links, and our therapy will accept that sometimes the things that bring us to therapy might be complex too. I hope we can create a space where we can explore and understand the things that bring us to therapy in the context of our whole selves.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a space in which you can talk about whatever is on your mind. The counsellor is trained to create an environment in which you can say the things that are on your mind. There might be thoughts you want to describe, emotions you need to express or feelings you wish to discuss. Counselling is a place for you to talk about the things that can be hard to say.
Counselling is a place where you will be heard. Counsellors are trained to listen to people, and in doing this help them reflect on the origins, complexities and emotions of difficulties and confusions that can be part of life.
Counselling is confidential. This means the words and emotions expressed within the counselling space will remain between you and your counsellor. There are very few instances where this confidentiality might be broken. Your counsellor will discuss these with you at your first session, but if you have any questions about this, please contact me to ask.
Counselling is a safe place. Counsellors provide a non-judgemental space to help you explore your life. Feeling safe will make you feel more able to approach issues that can make us feel scared or bad about ourselves.
What brings people to counselling?
All kinds of things can make people think they should see a counsellor. Strong emotions, like anger, worthlessness, sadness, loneliness or anxiousness can make us want to talk to a trained counsellor. Specific mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression or trauma might bring us to counselling, to help manage or alleviate these issues. Issues in our personal lives or past, such as stress, bereavement, relationships, sexuality or identity might make us feel like we need to talk. Sometimes we see a counsellor just because we want to better understand ourselves. If you're uncertain if what you want to talk about is something you could discuss with a counsellor, feel free to contact me and ask.
Some of the things that might bring people to counselling
Trying to understand neurodivergence
Death and Bereavement
Life-changing illness or injury
Feelings of worthlessness
Sexual or Gender Identity
Obsessional or Compulsive Traits
Frightening thoughts or impulses
A need to talk
Counselling for Individuals
Working 1:1 with a therapist can be extremely useful, rewarding and effective.
I offer therapy on a 1:1 basis for 50 minute sessions in Sheffield. This is from a purpose built counselling space at the Harland Works, close to the centre of Sheffield.
1:1 therapy is bespoke; this means it is tailored to suit your needs. My training allows me to offer therapy that can be long-term or short-term, focused on specific issues or broad in scope. No two people are the same, and so we will work together to establish what you want from therapy, how often you would like to have a session, when your sessions are and how we work together. I understand that we all lead busy lives, and sometimes we need our therapist to be flexible.
If you are interested in having individual counselling, please contact me through this website.
Consultancy and Training
I offer high quality and bespoke training for staff around issues surrounding mental health and therapy. Previous trainings have been delivered in education, social care and counselling settings. Previous topics have included self-harm, delivering person centred care, stress management, classroom autonomy and pathological demand avoidance.
If you or your organisation would like to discuss building a training curriculum to meet your needs, please do get in touch, or view my training page.