(Originally Published in Kingstown Colleges Coaching Magazine – November 2019) …just because we believe our thoughts to be true does not make them facts. The philosopher Epictetus believed
I work as a psychotherapist and life coach in the community and private practice.
Thank you for taking the time to find out a bit more about me and what I offer clients who come to me for help
I offer my clients a safe, comfortable and confidential place either face to face or online to explore various aspects of their life and feelings, to talk freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family,
As a psychotherapist and life coach, I feel privileged to do the work I am doing and am passionate about helping people to get better or change their outlook on life. I have been told that I have a friendly, empathic and genuine nature which enables clients to feel comfortable to share and feel understood.
Overall, I am committed to helping clients to overcome their issue and eventually with my guidance to learn the skills to be able to help themselves by learning tools and strategies.
My Personal Approach
My approach is tailored to each client but would include a mix of these psychotherapy and coaching tools which allow me to work in a way that best suits your needs. Clients are asked to describe how their issue is impacting their life and how I can help them with this. If the client is willing I sometimes give some work to do at home in between sessions that will benefit them and even ensure progress in their therapy. This can include include recording or journaling their sad/anxious thoughts and if wanted, teach them some meditation and relaxation techniques to help manage these.
I specialise in providing therapy in a range of issues. These include: Depression and anxiety, bereavement and loss, health issues, trauma, stress, family and relationship problems, emotional and sexual abuse, parenting and childhood detachment issues and relationship separation and divorce issues.
I mainly use a person-centred therapy approach but also frequently use elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution focused, Mindfulness based cognitive therapy, Gestalt and Reality therapy
Do I need Counselling / Psychotherapy?
For many people making the decision to take up Counselling is difficult. They often feel that their issues and concerns are not important enough to warrant attention, while others feel that their issues and concerns are so overwhelming that they are impossible to resolve. And if they expressed how they feel; that they would lose themselves or that it would be too upsetting; Small or large; I tell my clients that they have given themselves a very valuable gift by coming to get help. I believe that any issue or concern that is getting you down or causes anxiety or stress or is having a negative or detrimental effect on your life and/or the life of your family is worth seeking help to resolve.
Sometimes there is a clear issue that you may want to bring to therapy or coaching, at other times you may not be able to identify the cause or reasons why you feel anxious or depressed.
Counselling offers an opportunity to explore these feelings safely, have a better understanding of them, and resolve / accept and transform them in a positive way.
I am often told by my clients at the end of therapy that their time with me has been a very rewarding and transformative experience. .
Do you answer Yes?
Do you feel sad, lonely, depressed, stressed or anxious and know that you need support to work out how you can overcome?
Are you not able to identify the cause or reasons why you feel the way you do?
Would you like to explore how you could change your life for the better,? Feel like you would like to have more purpose/meaning or set goals to give focus on what you would like your life to be…..?
I would welcome a call or text….0877017513 to discuss in more detail…
You’re going to be okay.
Breathe and remember that you’ve been in this place before. you’ve been this uncomfortable and anxious and scared and you’ve survived. Breathe and know that you can survive this too. These feelings can’t break you. They’re painful and debilitating, but you can sit with them and eventually, they will pass. Maybe not immediately, but sometime soon, they are going to fade and when they do, you’ll look back at this moment and laugh for having doubted your resilience. I know it feels unbearable right now, but breathing, again and again. This will pass. I promise it will pass.