Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy in Worcester.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website. I hope the information here will be helpful if you are thinking of contacting a therapist, especially for the first time. Making the decision to see a counsellor and come for therapy is a big step - but it can be a very positive one and I have over twenty five years' experience of working with people from all walks of life, and with all kinds of needs. I see people* on their own, or in couples, usually on a weekly basis, or twice a week, at my practice in Worcester, close to Junctions 6 and 7 of the M5.
People come to see me with a wide range of issues that are troubling them: these are the kind of things I hear from my clients...
"I keep avoiding things because I get so anxious...I feel like I'm missing out on life."
"Someone I love very much has died. How do I carry on without them?"
"So often, I feel I simply can't face the day...."
"Me and my partner keep arguing: we just can't stop - and I'm thinking about leaving."
"I've struggled with anger all my life: I just can't control myself - when the red mist descends, watch out!"
"I'm massively lacking in self-confidence and it holds me back so much - I don't know if I'll ever change."
"Sex in our relationship seems to be over... is there anything we can do about it?"
"My mum just won't accept that I am gay...I feel so helpless."
"My daughter is telling me she thinks she is really a man. What on earth am I supposed to say?"
"My partner won't talk to me about their feelings: I feel so lonely in our relationship."
Although each person I meet comes with a different story, a fundamental question I hold in mind is 'What has happened to you?', and not 'What's wrong with you?' Depression, anxiety, anger, self-doubts... very rarely - if ever - does someone need 'treating' or 'rewiring': instead, we need understanding. The kind of understanding that can help us to develop greater self-compassion, and a deeper ability to relate with kindness to our common human vulnerabilities.
I work with people who want to think about the 'story' of their lives and who perhaps feel that it has got stuck and needs taking in a new direction. I frequently see people who are themselves involved in the caring professions: counsellors, doctors, nurses, teachers, clergy. It is not always easy for such people to reach out for support when they need it, but doing so is key to staying healthy in these roles. Compassion fatigue and moral distress (working in institutions with policies which feel unethical) are not-uncommon burdens for people in these roles. My clients typically come from Worcester, Malvern, Cheltenham, Kidderminster and the surrounding area of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, but you are welcome to contact me wherever you are based. In addition to face-to-face counselling, I also offer online sessions using Facetime or Skype.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: At present, and for as long as government advice recommends avoidance of unnecessary travel and social interaction, I am pleased to be able to offer online (video contact via a secure, encrypted platform) or telephone counselling. This may be a new way of interacting for many, but - as with other things which feel strange at first - it can be a surprisingly helpful way of working. Please get in touch if you would like further details.
(*I work with individuals/couples aged 18 and over)