My Approach

I offer an integrative approach to counselling, which may include aspects of Cognitive Therapy, Solution Focused, Person Centred and Psychodynamic approaches. I provide both short term and open ended counselling, depending on your needs and the issues you want to support with.My motivation for counselling and coaching is grounded in my personal Christian faith and I have an interest in how faith impacts us emotionally and psychologically. I adhere to the BACP code of ethics and so welcome and work with clients of all backgrounds, including those of faith and those of none.

People come to counselling for many different reasons. A common reason is the desire for change. We may want to change how we are feeling or thinking about something, or make a decisions to change a situation we are in.

 

Change is not always easy. Counselling can provide an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings and make sense of your situation. Ultimately my aim is to help you feel better. Feeling better might include feeling better in your yourself, about a situation you are struggling with or moving forward into a better future. 

I have experience in helping people with issues such as:

  • depression including postnatal depression

  • worry and anxiety

  • stress and work related stress

  • anger

  • bereavement

  • interpersonal relationships

  • self-esteem

  • decision making

  • pressures of Christian leadership

  • re-entry for cross cultural workers

  • culture shock/stress

  • cross-cultural living

  • missionary life and work

 

Counselling Christian Clients

 

I  work with clients of all backgrounds, including those of faith and those of none.  I work holistically with clients, so when we first meet I will ask about lifestyle including: diet, food, exercise, sleep and how you are looking after yourself.  I also ask about your cultural background, and if you have a faith that is important to you.  As with all the questions I ask, you are free to share or not - there is no obligation to share anything that you do not with to or don't feel ready to.  If you do share that you are a Christian, I will be mindful of that as we meet and work together.  

It's important to remember there are many traditions and denominations within the Christian faith.   As a professional counsellor I abide by the BACP code of ethics, so will uphold the principle of autonomy: respect for the client’s right to be self-governing.  For more about BACP ethics, please visit www.bacp/ethics

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