General Information

Counselling can be helpful with many areas of life, and Freud himself generally believed that everyone could benefit from a short period of therapy simply to gain better self awareness and understanding. In practice most people will probably tend to look for therapy in response to problems arising in their lives, as it is then that issues which have sat in the background maybe for a long time, tend to make themselves felt.

Counselling can help if you are experiencing any of the following problems, and many others:

  • Feeling that you do not understand yourself
  • Unhappiness, dissatisfaction with life, feeling aimless
  • Feelings of anxiety, lack of confidence, inability to cope
  • Feelings of depression, despair or loneliness
  • Relationship difficulties, feeling like the boundaries are in the wrong place
  • Feelings of fear or panic attacks
  • Adoption related issues
  • Inability to communicate effectively
  • Bottling things up
  • Always being the one who copes and who everyone else turns to
  • Thoughts or feelings that frighten you
  • Feeling stressed, including work related difficulties
  • Trauma related problems
  • If you are struggling with issues relating to religion or spirituality
  • Sexual, physical, emotional and other abuse related issues
  • Difficulty coming to terms with changes and losses such as divorce, bereavement, redundancy
  • Ageing and disability
  • Family alcohol, addiction or mental health problems
  • Physical symptoms that may have an emotional basis
  • Needing to find more meaning in your life

The psychodynamic approach, in which I first trained, is based on the understanding that how you are now is related how you have experienced the whole of your life. As the counselling progresses, the difficulties that you have can begin to be more fully recognised and understood, which can enable you to find your own ways of being and coping, and to move towards living with greater fulfilment, insight and understanding.