“Our deepest, most profound stirrings of self-appreciation, self-love and self-knowledge, surface in the presence of a person whom we experience as totally accepting”
What is Counselling?
The above quote sums up Counselling beautifully. Counselling is about providing you with a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental space for you to be with your inner most thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged, criticised or corrected. A space where YOU can be who YOU are and for that to be wholly accepted and respected. Being able to share 'your story' is part of the healing process, however, sometimes our environments have taught us what we 'should' or 'should not' do which might even include not talking about yourself! Counselling offers you a place where this is invited and encouraged, where you are free to question, explore and wonder, whilst being supported and guided by a professional.
What can I offer you?
My work is collaborative, warm, flexible and set at your pace. I approach counselling with a focus on developing and increasing your self-awareness; self-acceptance and responsibility which can continue to support and guide you in your life after our counselling has ended. Increasing your self-awareness, can help you to gain new insights and identify unhelpful thinking/behavioural patterns which you may wish to change if that is right for you. By becoming more self-accepting, you naturally experience a more integrated sense of self, a sense of who you are, which can lead you towards a more authentic and fulfilling life. Finally, by learning to take responsibility in our lives, we essentially empower ourselves. We empower ourselves to own our life choices, the meaning we make of these and ultimately take control of our own happiness.
What counselling is not, is giving advice, diagnosing or 'fixing'. I believe that you are the expert on you and therefore I will provide the space and the right environment for you to feel heard. Working with you to facilitate your process of exploring and understanding your thoughts, feelings and needs and where necessary, supporting you in making changes towards a more fulfilled and happier you.
Counselling is offered in Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh Hampshire (SO53), near Southampton, Winchester and Romsey surrounding areas. More information is available on my location and contact page.