Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychotherapist, Mental Health Advocate, Public Speaker, BSc & MA (Psychology), PGDip (Psychotherapy), MBACP
I am a qualified psychotherapist and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the Ethical Framework and Guidelines as set up by BACP.
I am a keen mental health advocate and advisor working to end the stigma attached to mental ill health. I have ten years experience working in Mental Health primarily within the charitable sector. I am a motivational speaker and have had the opportunity to speak at many high profile events including TEDx, charitable events, award ceremonies and training days.
When a person gets to a time in their life where they feel they need the help of a counsellor, it is more than likely that they have already tried many other methods of help. Being mindful of the reasons why a person may seek counselling makes it easier to understand the importance of a good working relationship. Individuals will rarely seek a counsellor because every aspect of their life is perfect and happy. They may be suffering a great deal and may have very deep rooted issues which they wish to resolve.
This is why it is vital that the relationship between client and counsellor is as positive and professional as possible. A client who is feeling vulnerable, depressed, sad, confused, anxious, angry (and many other emotions) will require a safe and relaxed environment in which to pick apart their problems. They will not want to be dismissed or judged or scored or laughed at. The only way a client will be truly able to open up and defeat their problems is to feel accepted and equal to their counsellor.
A sound relationship helps a client open up honestly. If a client feels unable to talk openly to their counsellor, they will not benefit from the experience and at worst, may suffer greatly emotionally and psychologically from the negative experience. A good counsellor will welcome the client warmly, explain the process honestly and listen actively whilst ensuring the client feels safe.