What is Counselling?

Are you struggling with difficult emotions?

Does it feel as though there is no one who will understand?

You might be feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope with your feelings, maybe going through life challenges such as bereavement, relationship problems, depression, anxious thoughts, low self-esteem, problems at work or feeling like you’ve lost your spark or sense of who you are. Maybe you’re finding it hard to make a decision or need support to make choices about your future.

You might be struggling with difficult family relationships or issues or Trauma from your past and wondering why it is having such an impact on your life. You might be comparing yourself to others and feeling like you’re not good enough. Why does it seem like everyone else can manage life better? Maybe you’d like to develop your confidence to live the life you’ve always wanted to but haven’t known how. Maybe you’re wondering if life will always be like this and if there’s even an alternative.

I can help.

I can help you to:

  • reduce anxiety and feel calmer
  • gain self-confidence
  • improve relationships and communication
  • resolve trauma or things from your past holding you back
  • make positive changes
  • regain emotional balance
  • be kinder to yourself
  • increase assertiveness
  • improve your ability to set boundaries
  • improve your ability to understand and meet your needs

I can help you to make sense of what is going on for you, to love and believe in yourself, to support your wellbeing and to help you to experience life where you feel empowered to recognise your needs and get them met. I will draw on my experience to help you find clarity and make sense of what is going on in life and how you’d like it to be.

Connection with others is a fundamental part of being human. We all want connection but often struggle with forming satisfying relationships because we’re still functioning in ways that worked for us when we were younger but don’t work anymore. Sometimes we need help to understand these patterns and what is driving our relationships issues. We can work together to look at how you can get your needs met in more healthy ways and how you can relate better to others.

Whatever you come to counselling for; whether a build up of daily stresses or major life event, I offer a non-judgemental confidential space where you matter and can talk in confidence.

Therapy is about you. I aim to offer a space that feels comfortable, relaxed and safe enough for you to explore whatever it is that you want to. We will work together to help you find your inner resources and strengths, and a way forward that is right for you.

Finding a counsellor you feel comfortable with is really important and not every counsellor will be right for you. I offer an initial session where you can meet me and discuss what you are hoping to get from counselling and whether what I can offer is appropriate. This gives you a chance to get a feel for what I am offering, and if we feel we can work well together we can make plans to meet again.

If you’d like to book an introductory counselling session to find out more, click on my Contact page. I’ll message you back as soon as I can to arrange meeting up at a mutually convenient time. I’m a qualified and accredited Counsellor in Bristol, based in Filton, BS34.