Can Counselling Help You?
Perhaps you are struggling through an unanticipated life event, and need support and coping strategies to help you through. Maybe you are weighed down by feelings of depression and anxiety, or feel hijacked by a persistent sense of inadequacy. Or, like many people, you may be dissatisfied with the state of your relationship with your partner, colleagues, or children, but are at a loss as to how to engage differently. In my psychotherapy practice, I provide a safe and supportive environment for people from all walks of life to openly explore such struggles.
In counselling, we can explore the emotional, behavioural, and relational patterns that seem to keep showing up in your life. Everyone brings a unique self and a particular arrangement of life experiences, personality, and current challenges to therapy; however, there are also many commonalities in the human condition.
Some of the pervasive themes I address in counselling include:
- exploring self-criticism and self-doubt and how this impacts our moods
- processing painful emotions, such as guilt, anger, sadness and shame
- interpersonal difficulties, including disconnection, communication breakdowns, and defensiveness
- helping to transform your values into meaningful choices and actions in everyday life (even if you experience a fear of making 'wrong decisions')
- processing challenging events, such as break-ups, grief and loss, and infertility
- manifestations of fragile self-worth, such as perfectionism, burn-out and avoidance
Although I have a general psychotherapy practice, I work extensively with parents of young children, individually and as couples. The postpartum and early parenting stages bring intensified challenges, such as relationship struggles, anxiety, perfectionism, emotional fluctuations and self-doubt. I help my clients navigate this experience with improved connection, stability and confidence.
Likely, you've tried many times and in many ways to change - perhaps you've read self-help books, taken up meditation and exercise, and practised gratitude. These are all very helpful strategies, but may not address the deeper issues that sometimes lie outside our current awareness. You're not alone if you find it too difficult or confusing to approach these issues on your own. I believe counselling with a skilled and compassionate therapist can be deeply enriching and help lead to meaningful shifts in our inner and outer lives.