I consult in the following areas Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Wrexham.
I have worked in the NHS as a Registered General Nurse before commencing my counselling training in 1992. I gained counselling experience through working in various NHS settings. I have set up, managed and maintained a general counselling service at a NHS General Practice Centre. From 1996 to 1998, I organised, managed and maintained a counselling service for the Hand Unit and the Pain Clinic at a NHS Hospital. I started my private practice in 1997.
I have gained a broad range of counselling experience working with adults, couples and small groups, I offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists. I am familiar with brief and long term counselling. Furthermore, I have counselled clients with many different issues, concerns and problems.
I see each client, group as unique, therefore the therapeutic counselling approach depends on the needs, preferences, personality and goals of each client.
Anxiety is a normal, if unpleasant, part of life, and it can affect us all in different ways. Anxiety is something that can persist whether or not the cause is clear to the sufferer.
Depression & Post-Natal depression
If the sad feelings are interfering with your life and don’t go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back, over and over again, it could be a sign that you’re depressed.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. PTSD can develop immediately or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.
Loss & Grief
Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be.
Panic Attacks, Fears and Phobias
A panic attack is a rush of intense psychological and physical symptoms. These symptoms of panic can be frightening and happen suddenly, often for no clear reason.
Anger management is training for temper control and is the skill of remaining calm. Therapy will lessen the impact that anger problems are having on the lives of people with anger management issues.
Worrying about your job security can affect your health. There are a number of different emotions you may experience on being made redundant, these include anger, shock, a sense of loss, fear and anxiety.
Relationship and Family Issues
When you are stressed you concentrate on your own situation and forget how it affects your partner and ultimately this could lead to the breakdown of the relationship.
Low Self Esteem
If you have low self-esteem, your beliefs about yourself will often be negative. You will tend to focus on your weaknesses or mistakes that you have made, and may find it hard to recognise the positive parts of your personality.
Stress & Stress Management
The Stress Management Society defines stress as: “a situation where demands on a person exceed that person’s resources or ability to cope”.
Fear OF Flying
When fears (like the fear of flying) become so severe that they cause tremendous anxiety and interfere with your normal life, they’re called phobias. A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger.
Many people assume that agoraphobia is simply a fear of open spaces but it’s more complex than this. A person with agoraphobia may be scared of public transport, supermarkets or leaving the house.
A history of being abused can often be a root cause of emotional and psychological difficulties later in life and can lead to issues with anxiety, self-esteem, anger, depression, blocks to intimacy, or other challenges.
Health Related Issues (anxiety, disability)
People with health related issues people, whether life-long or new-onset in nature, may develop psychological problems related to living with their disability.
Anxiety, depression and low self-esteem can all be triggered by work related stress, along with physical health problems, relationship issues, sleep loss and feelings of self-doubt and inferiority.
Counselling Skills Training
Training in counselling is much more than gaining a professional and academic qualification. Training to be a counsellor is always a huge personal journey with many challenges bringing much satisfaction.
The goal is to change the way you think about the pain so that you respond better when you have episodes of pain. Therapy focuses on changing your thoughts about the pain and how to cope with it.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy trains people to use techniques that address the cognitive factors associated with sleeplessness and to overcome the negative emotions that accompany being unable to sleep.