The traditional basis of counselling is that the client has a problem or difficulty.  The therapist helps the client find a solution, and then they go their separate ways.  I know from personal experience of both sides that this process can be very beneficial.  This approach concentrates on thoughts, feelings and behaviours but usually ignores another important aspect of human experience.

Traditional counselling is effective when the issue is clear, and I am happy to work in that way.  But when things aren’t as clear, such as feeling depressed with no “obvious” cause, what then?  What if, on the surface, everything looks okay but there’s still a sense of something missing?  Something hard to define but still noticeable through its absence, that feeling that something just isn’t right?

That’s when it can be useful to look at things in a wider context.  The society we live in, our own true nature, our sense of purpose or lack of it.  What about our inner desires and dreams?  Our true nature?  Are our lives the product of random chance or is there something more?  Do our lives have meaning?

These questions can be summed up as spiritual in nature, concerning the larger issues in life that often get left behind in the course of our busy day-to-day lives.  I’m not talking about specific religions or systems, instead I mean exploring these things and what they mean for us personally.  Spirituality in this sense is very important, as it is the foundation upon which our thoughts, feelings and behaviours rest.

By working in a holistic way, taking an eagle-eye view of things, I can help clients find new ways to approach issues they are facing and resolutions of a deeper, more satisfying nature.  Even small changes in perspective can lead to seeing things in a more balanced and satisfying way.

 

I practice out of an office in Lymm, and I also do home visits if needed.  During our first meeting we will discuss what has brought you to counselling and go through the details of how our relationship will work.  Sessions will normally run for a ‘counselling hour’ but may run longer if you wish and circumstances permit.  Usually we would meet once per week to begin with though this can be flexible.

I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).  I adhere to the highest ethical standards in my practice.