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Why counselling?

Life is increasingly complicated and we live in anxious times. There is little space to de-stress and take stock of the world around us and our sense of place and belonging within it. There are so many distractions preventing us from slowing down and examining important life issues, such as how to manage time and digital media, texts, emails and the fast, often aggressive pace of life and work that can fragment our attention and focus. These things intensify anxiety and feelings of overwhelm.

Counselling can provide a space for self-reflection. A listening space is an increasingly rare opportunity to feel heard and understood in a hectic and complex world. If you are particularly sensitive to your environment and feel sensory overload more quickly than others, are neurodivergent, neuroqueer, or a gentle soul I might be a good fit for you. I have dyslexia and know that despite challenges, such neurodiversity is misunderstood and is more of a trait which comes with some magic too. Counselling online with me will be a space you can feel able to be yourself.

Our relationships, experiences and attachments in the past inform how we behave and live in the present, what coping strategies we employ through difficulties and challenges. These adaptations can become less useful over time, holding us back from being all we are capable of becoming. Counselling can offer a way of working through relationship dynamics, mental health, or personal growth and it can also be a way of breaking a sense of loneliness and isolation. I aim to offer an anti-oppressive space in which all of you is valued and accepted. I see therapy as collaborative and I will encourage you to bring your own ideas about what works best on your journey. I encourage feedback and the meta conversations that initiate a dialogue about how we are working together.

This counselling service aims to provide you with a safe and confidential space for you to get help and support from a qualified professional. It can often be easier to talk openly with someone outside of friends, colleagues and family because a more objective alliance can be formed between client and counsellor. We can determine together what areas you wish to focus on, or allow the work to evolve naturally. I work in a holistic way that respects your individual as well as community and intergenerational heritage and experience.

Therapy online/by phone can be more flexible if you are unable to travel, maybe live with a disability, are living in an isolated location or work outside of the usual working hours.

I work primarily with problems arising from the impact of living in a violent world that refuses to see difference and otherness. The harms over time can be the result of early attachment issues, abuse, medical interventions or loss, gender/sex based oppressions, queer-phobia, or ableism and so much more. There are endless ways in which such harm embeds its way into a life. I am a queer ace-spec lesbian and experience many of these micro-aggressions on a regular basis so have an understanding of such experiences.

I work only online and by phone.

Beginning counselling can be challenging and a brave step to take, but it can also be really rewarding, and requires a commitment of time, money and the willingness to participate as fully as possible in order to get the best out of this experience, but developing awareness of self and the impact we have on others and others on us can be profoundly life changing. Being able to challenge ourselves and our views on life can fundamentally alter our mental and physical wellbeing. I provide an initial consultation in order to evaluate our therapeutic fit and there is no obligation beyond that appointment. It is charged at the same rate as all sessions.

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