I'm someone who feels passionately about the benefits of counselling. I understand that everyone needs someone to talk to at times. Those times when we don't want to burden family or friends with our problems, when talking to them just doesn't feel appropriate, when it feels like you have no one at all to turn to, or simply don't know where or how to start. That's where I come in! I'm a neutral person who will listen to you and not talk at you, who will be empathic not sympathetic, who will try to understand not condemn and who will endevour to help you try to help yourself.
I've worked with clients in a women's refuge and everything that entails - emotional, physical and mental abuse, together with the issues that generally go along with those things used as coping mechanisms; namely alcohol and various addictions.
Other issues I encountered whilst working at a counselling centre in Preston were marital / sexual problems, infertility, low self esteem, work issues, family relationships, depression / suicidal thoughts, abortion, sadly the list is endless.
Before going into practice for myself I spent time volunteering at a primary school in a deprived area of Burnley working for Place2Be. Children who use Place2Be's services are more likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to have special educational needs and pre-existing emotional and behavioural difficulties. That's where I trained in Play Therapy.
Imagine your"self" as being the core of you. Like a Buddha sat in a circle while all those "yes" and "no's" chase around the circumference of the circle. Your"self" is your inner being, your true essence. That core part of you lives in the living room of your home, whilst down in the basement are all other aspects of your life experiences - anger, resentment, fear, hopelessness, joy, love, hate etc, etc. One day while you're sat in the living room there's a knock on the front door and when you answer it something happens to invite a part of you up from the basement. In other words someone or something has "pushed your buttons" and you are reacting to it. So your"self" and this other aspect of you are now in a dialogue in the living room. When there's only two of you, then the chances are that your"self" will eventually settle down the other part that is now playing out the scenario. What happens, however, if more than the one part decides to put in an appearance in the living room and your"self" is overwhelmed? Parts Therapy involves actually being able to visualise the other aspect that your"self" is dealing with. When we do this then we are better able to stay in control of a situation. We learn to be aware of all aspects of our"selves", so that they don't creep up on us out of no where. Please refer to my dedicated page for more information.
Whilst Counselling is primarily about looking back at issues in your life, Life Coaching focuses on how to move forward. It could be that something happened in your past that is holding you back or you're feeling unfulfilled in some aspect of your life, but don't know how to make the necessary changes. As a qualified Life Coach and Professional Counsellor I can combine my skills to help you overcome whatever may be hindering your progress. The two complement each other perfectly.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist's voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed.
Phobias of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from body dysmorphia, panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behaviour, and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit.
Intuitive / Reiki Healing
There are moments in all of our lives when we feel the need to switch off in order to rejuvenate. Particularly if attending for Counselling or Life Coaching. When going through emotional times, we need to replenish ourselves in some way. Healing provides a calming and serene environment, which allows you to stop the "chatter" in your mind and totally relax.
Clients can rest assured that I work professionally in all areas of my practice. All aspects of my work are governed by ethical guidelines and confidentiality.
Please browse my other pages for more information relating to each of the services that I provide.