You may be here today because you are struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, experiencing difficulty in relationships, or generally feeling stuck in your day to day life. Are you looking for a way to explore thoughts and feelings and that may help to bring about some change in your life? Through counselling and talking therapy I can help to support you through challenging times and to explore the issues that are troubling you, working with you in a safe and secure environment to find ways to move life to a more comfortable place.
I am an experienced and qualified counsellor, registered member of the BACP and working to their ethical code. I offer face to face sessions in accessible therapy rooms in central Bedford, and online video or telephone sessions. My work is grounded in the psychodynamic approach, exploring together your early experiences and relationships, and how these may impact on relationships, feelings and behaviour in the present.
I have experience working with clients who have relationship issues, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, bereavement and loss and violence, abuse and traumatic events. Counselling can help you to understand and reprocess these experiences, and explore with you different ways to approach things in the here and now. I have experience of working to work with clients who have a diagnosis of ASD.
I understand how considering counselling can seem daunting. Please take some time to look through the pages here as it is important that you feel comfortable and safe with the counsellor that you choose.
What happens in counselling?
Counselling takes place in a 50 minute session at an agreed regular time each week, either via an online video platform, in a room face to face or by telephone.
In a confidential space, we talk through the issues that have brought you to counselling and reflect on how your early relationships may impact you in how your relate and behave today. I work with you and help you so that you feel safe to explore the issues that you bring to counselling.
What is the Psychodynamic approach?
The psychodynamic approach which helps you to develop more self-awareness through exploration of what is happening at an unconscious level. rooted in psychoanalysis, but focusing on immediate problems to try to provide a faster solution. We look at the importance of the unconscious and past experience as a template or driving force of current behaviour.
As a therapist I will work with you to build a trusting relationship so you feel able to talk about your childhood relationships with your parents and other significant people. Through use of techniques such as free association, interpretation, we can explore together where feelings you experienced in previous significant relationships can be worked through in the counselling relationship in a different way.