Warmth, understanding and respectful listening
When we are experiencing distress, painful emotions or dissatisfaction with life, sharing our experience, and receiving empathic understanding, can be healing and empowering. I offer warmth, acceptance and respectful listening; the chance for you to talk through your difficulties at your own pace, in confidence. Counselling is not about giving advice but, instead, supporting you to use your own inner resources and resilience - in order to move forward. For example, developing care and compassion for yourself, recognising your choices, risking change, communicating your needs effectively and noticing unhelpful thought patterns and habitual responses. Our sessions will give you space to pause, reflect and be open to your thoughts and emotions. After all, our thoughts are just thoughts, they don't always reflect reality.
I am an Integrative, relational Counsellor and Psychotherapist in central Guildford, working with individuals and couples. This means that I draw on a range of approaches - that include mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment, mentalisation, narrative and psychodynamic theories - and tailor them to you as a unique individual. I will value whatever you choose to bring to your sessions - your personal experience.
With couples counselling all of the above applies; in addition, my role is to support you, as a couple, to communicate to each other what you are finding difficult, what you would like to change and what steps you might take to understand and renew your relationship.
Making the decision to see a counsellor can feel daunting; by reading this you have taken the first step. Our initial session will help you to decide if counselling is for you.
Counselling Guildford and Woking
I offer day and evening counselling and psychotherapy appointments in central Guildford, near Woking, both as an independent Psychotherapist and through Guildford Counselling at Guildford Institute, Ward Street (off North Street), Guildford GU1 4LH. Ward Street is opposite Guildford Library and is close to car parks, buses and trains.
Issues I Work With
I have experience of a range of issues, including:
My ongoing work at The Fountain Centre, Royal Surrey Hospital, has led to a special interest in working with the emotional impact of living with cancer and untreatable cancer as well as bereavement counselling. During the Covid 19 pandemic I have begun working with Project5 which provides mental wellbeing support to NHS frontline staff.
My Surrey Psychotherapy and Counselling practice is in Guildford, near Cranleigh, Godalming, Merrow, Ash, Farnham, Haslemere, Compton, Shalford, Burpham, Send, East Clandon, West Clandon, Bramley, Chilworth, Jacobs Well, Shere, Abinger, Gomshall, Albury, Liphook, Elstead, Woking, East Horsley and West Horsley. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
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