All of my work is underpinned by my interest in the impact of childhood experiences, historical family issues, social and cultural issues and diversity on self esteem, relationships at home and at work, identity and psychological wellbeing.
I provide counselling for people who come to me with many different problems including:
- anxiety and depression
- low self esteem
- self harm
- body image distress
- eating disorders including bulimia, anorexia and binge eating disorder
- cultural issues
- identity issues
- relationship problems (at home and at work)
- loss and grief
We will initially explore how your problem is affecting you at the moment. Through this we will be able to discover what is currently keeping your problem going and see what can be be done to stop what may have become a vicious circle.
Past issues which affect the present
Past experiences often play a part in the development of the problems listed above. You might be unaware of, or be struggling to acknowledge, the extent to which your past is impacting on you on your life now. Many experiences such as,
- childhood trauma
- emotional, physical and sexual abuse
- neglect and abandonment
- attachment issues
- historic family and childhood issues
affect psychological wellbeing and can play a significant part in the development of your problems. I am experienced in helping clients explore their past, helping them make sense of how this has impacted on the way they are now and enabling them to make lasting change.
As well as playing a significant part in the development of many of the issues listed above I also have a particular interest in, and experience of working with, the relational and behavioural problems that arise in people’s lives as a result of their past. Some examples of the problems that might arise include:
- current family and relationship issues
- domestic abuse and domestic violence (perpetrator and victim)
- offending behaviour – I have particular experience of working with male offenders at a category C male prison