Approach and background
We all feel anxious, sad, down, or stressed at times, but if you’ve been feeling like this for a long time, lacking any enjoyment with nothing to look forward to, life can feel miserable. Additionally, you may not understand why you’ve been feeling this way, but know that you just don’t feel like your usual self, and you may be feeling powerless to change how you feel, or hopeless about things getting better. You might want to talk to someone about how you’re feeling but don’t want to burden friends or family, and may feel nervous or apprehensive, or embarrassed about seeking help from a counsellor or therapist.
I’ll provide you with a space in which you feel safe, and supported to explore, express and understand your feelings and difficulties in confidence and without judgment, so that together we can help you find a way through them, so that you can feel greater enjoyment and satisfaction in your life.
I have a strong interest in mindfulness and compassion, and believe that often we feel unhappy and experience difficulty in life because we’ve become disconnected from feelings and mindlessly act out old and unhelpful ways of being. I believe that through becoming more aware of what is going on inside, in our minds and bodies, and cultivating an attitude of compassion for ourselves, we can find a way through suffering to greater wellbeing and happiness.
I use Transactional Analysis (TA) – an effective form of psychotherapy which can be similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – to help you gain awareness of and explore your patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviours, in order to find ways to relate to yourself and others which help you feel more empowered and confident to achieve your goals in all areas of your life.