It can be difficult to seek help, leaving us feeling hopeless about ever feeling better. I believe that relief from suffering is possible by talking to a trained counsellor who can understand and respect your individual circumstances without judgement.
In sharing your problems, you will begin to feel less alone and overwhelmed by your feelings. You may feel relief after your first meeting with your counsellor as you vent your feelings and concerns and gain some understanding into why you feel the way you do.
As a therapist with many years of experience, I offer people the opportunity to explore their difficulties and to find solutions within a safe and confidential relationship.
Mindfulness has been described as "purposefully paying attention without judgement, to the moment-to-moment activities of the mind."
Mindfulness allows us to notice our everyday thoughts and feelings that unconsciously influence our behaviour. Recognising these patterns allows us to decide whether or not these thoughts and feelings are helpful to us.
This process of recognition and change may allow you to let go of negative behaviour patterns and to live a more fulfilling life.
I provide a safe and supportive space in which to do this.
Many people find it difficult to put their feelings into words.
Art therapy is a type of counselling that involves the use of art materials to help communicate your thoughts and feelings. Art therapy is often experienced as a more comfortable way of engaging in psychotherapy as some of the session time is spent making art, which may feel easier than having to talk directly to a counsellor.
How does it work?
The counsellor will provide you with a range of art materials and will direct you to use them in a way that you feel comfortable with. You may be encouraged to explore certain themes that are relevant to your situation by working with certain materials.
While you are using the art materials, you may begin to think about some of your problems differently and to become aware of links and associations between different issues in your life that you were not aware of before.
The Art Therapist will then help you to understand more about these issues by talking with you about your art-making.
You do not need to be an artist to use art therapy.
Your own thoughts and feelings will naturally direct your art-making.
You do not require any particular ability or skills to use art therapy.
You also do not need any previous experience of art.