My experience enables me to work with a number of mental health issues, disorders or even life changing events large or small while providing a neutral ground to individual adults, children, families, and couples.
Some of our focus in our work together will be to help you heal, energise, and become aware of your inner strengths. This is achieved by providing a neutral safe space, listening to what you bring to our sessions and working together on your journey where ever it may take you.
Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Therapy, also called counselling and, or psychotherapy, is the process of meeting with a qualified therapist to resolve challenging and or problematic behaviours, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body). Through therapy, you can change self-destructive behaviours and habits, resolve painful feelings, improve your relationships, and more.
Though no one can tell you exactly what your therapy process will be like, from your first session you will contract how you will work together and establish goals for your therapy and determine the steps you will take to get there. Whether in individual, group, or family therapy, your relationship with your therapist is a confidential one and focuses not only on the content of what you talk about, but also the process.
You can expect that your qualified therapist will be someone who supports you, listens attentively, models a healthy and positive relationship experience, gives you appropriate feedback, and follows ethical framework/guidelines. Good therapy should be tailored to you and your experiences.
Counselling is very much a talking therapy which involves a therapist who is trained in listening to you and helping you find ways to help you deal with emotional issues.
Sometimes the term "counselling" is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.
Counselling can help you cope and or deal with many issues, these can be around a mental health conditions, such as depression and or anxiety, an upsetting physical health condition, such as impending disability through military service. A difficult life event, such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, work-related stress or difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem or anger and other issues, such as sexual identity.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
The NHS website describes;
Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.
"It's easy to stop noticing the world around us. It's also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living 'in our heads' – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour," he says.
"An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. That might be something as simple as the feel of a banister as we walk upstairs.
"Another important part of mindfulness is an awareness of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment.
"It's about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives."
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counselling and psychotherapy, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger, post traumatic events can quickly lead to depression. We can help you through counselling and psychotherapy to overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing which helps take care of you and your mental health which we can from our practice in Bideford.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.
If you have served or are currently serving in the Military or Emergency Services, you may find it difficult to share about your experiences, especially if you have been taught to suppress your emotions. It may feel as though you are alone with the thoughts and feelings you have and it may cause you distress or anxiety. You might feel that you cannot share with a friend, co-worker or family member for fear of judgment or feeling too vulnerable. Talking with a therapist can allow you to unburden yourself safely. You are not alone and you do not have to be.
I am a RE Veteran medically discharged from service and understand the difficulties in sharing thoughts and feelings. We can look at how you manage and cope with certain feelings and how you can learn to share and express them without feeling vulnerable.