Knowing others is wisdom - knowing yourself is enlightenment."
Counselling enables you to explore difficulties in your life with someone who is professionally trained and will remain impartial and objective.
There are many different models of counselling. My training is in humanistic counselling which focuses on self-development and taking responsibility for ourselves, helping individuals recognise their strengths and choices in the here and now.
I use different approaches, depending on what is the best fit and works best for each client. I strive to walk alongside you on your journey, always bearing in mind that each client is different, treating each client as an individual.
Often it is the first step to begin counselling that can be the most difficult to overcome. Not knowing what to expect can be daunting. I would like to show you a few of the approaches I use in my sessions which help my clients get in touch with their emotions when talking seems difficult.
Go Zen is an interactive programme I often use when working with children. Just like adults, children and young people can experience worry and feel anxious, often not understanding what is happening to them. Beginning to understand is the first step to healing.
The therapeutic use of a collection of miniatures in a sandtray. It is a non-verbal expressive and projective mode of psychotherapy where the sandtray and the miniatures are the medium of communication. It is client led and the counsellor is only the facilitator
Expression using art
Art Therapy is the deliberate use of art making to address psychological and emotional needs. Art Therapy uses art media and the creative process to help in areas such as but not limited to fostering self-expression, create coping skills, manage stress, and strengthen sense of self. Art Therapy has provided mental health treatment for clients who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, depression, chronic illness, substance abuse and more. - The Art Therapy Alliance.
In my experience, clients' initial concern is the quality of their art. The beauty of this therapy is that it is not about the quality of the piece of work that is created but about the process that is involved.