Counselling and Psychotherapy
There are times when we all find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with life. Sometimes we manage to find our way through and other times we need someone to come alongside and journey with us.
My aim is to help my clients understand their symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, anger and low self-worth and how these factors affect and are affected by attitudes, self-beliefs, behaviour and relationships.
I am more than happy to talk through any questions you may have about counselling or psychotherapy; please feel free to call or email me with no obligation.
As an integrative counsellor my work is informed by the three main Psychotherapeutic approaches - Person-centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural. I am passionate about the work I do; respecting each individual, their experiences and choices, and I am committed to coming alongside every client.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work with adults and young people. I am also a counsellor at Cotswold Counselling in Cirencester.
“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought.”
- Oliver Sacks
Counselling and Psychotherapy are often considered to be interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways.
However as a general guide, counselling usually involves a shorter period of time that centres around behaviour patterns, whereas Psychotherapy focuses on working longer-term and draws insight from emotional difficulties.
Therapy aims to help us process (understand and accept) our experiences, and helps us to learn new ways of experiencing. This develops, grows and connects the neural pathways of our brain and nervous system.
The potential success of therapy relies on the relationship between brain, mind and social connections.
Sometimes stressors can dysregulate our nervous system temporarily or for sustained periods of time
Our brains are designed to change in response to experiences, and they do that throughout our lives - this mechanism is referred to as Neuroplasticity. New experiences lead to structural changes in our brains which are then reflected in our minds - our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, imagination, soul - and in our behaviours.
Processing our experiences into a coherent narrative or self-story helps us to understand how our experiences shape us and is especially valuable in coming to terms with past experiences, to consolidate identity and to start the journey of healing from trauma. Developing our capacity to self reflect opens us up to new experiences, relationships and creativity.
In the normal ups and downs of life our nervous systems fluctuate - helping us to adapt to different events and situations.
Processing thoughts and feelings through therapy, and learning new ways of caring for ourselves help us regulate our nervous system.
Our brains are designed to connect with and change through interactions with others. Psychotherapy makes use of our brains’ ability to change through the attunement to and learning from one another. This is a fundamental part of the therapeutic process between therapist and client and it is therefore crucial that a client feels safe and secure with a therapist. It's important to remember this when choosing a therapist to work with.
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you"
- Maya Angelou