Counselling provides a safe, confidential and accepting place to explore painful feelings, personal problems, difficult issues, dilemmas, choices and anything that may be confusing. By talking to someone who is trained to listen attentively, you can be helped to understand yourself more, to unravel difficulties and to feel able to move on. Almost everyone can benefit from counselling with a qualified and experienced therapist. All you need is a commitment to be both honest with yourself and open to change.
People consider counselling for many different reasons: a current personal crisis, a long term issue, relationship difficulties, or just an unhappiness with life. To start with it may seem like a daunting step. Working with a counsellor can enable you to develop a greater insight and self-awareness and provide the space to consider changes you may want to make in your life.
Within a warm, safe and confidential environment, you can explore any issues or problems they have in order to gain peace of mind.
The Approach I offer is Person-Centred Counselling. I work with adults from the age of 18 years on, on a one to one basis. Appointments are confidential, take place weekly (or possibly twice weekly if required) and last 50 minutes. I work Wednesdays and Fridays and am able to offer appointments in the early evening if necessary. I consult at two venues:
- The Stress Project Therapy Centre, located at 2, Shelburne Road, Holloway, North London, N76DL. The Holloway Road Station on the Piccadilly Line is about 7 minutes walk from the centre. Unfortunately the centre does not have Disabled Access – Not suitable for wheelchairs.
- Clarendon House, 125 Shenley Road, Borehamwood WD6 1AG
PERSON CENTRED COUNSELLING
Person Centred counselling was created by Carl Rogers. He believed that individuals were basically good and always endeavoured to improve themselves, despite the many challenges of life. In this style of therapy, both counsellor and client are equal partners in the relationship. The counsellor does not seek to diagnose the client or impose his or her view or professional opinion. Each counselling session is seen as the client’s quality time to talk about his or her issues; the counsellor does not set the agenda. Person Centred counselling looks at feelings in a non-judgemental way. Respect for the client’s individual world is paramount and a Person Centred counsellor would not seek to change a client’s thoughts in any particular way (i.e. is non-directive). Change and therapeutic growth occurs naturally at the client’s own pace.