If you are thinking of having counselling, you might want to know what will happen and how it can help you, and you may even feel anxious about your first session. At Hopeful Heart, I aim to provide a safe, comfortable and confidential space for you to talk about what’s worrying you and explore your feelings. Our first meeting will be a 30 minute initial assessment and this is a time for you to tell me what you are looking for and I can explain how I work and what might be helpful. We can also talk about things like confidentiality, cost, number of sessions, and then we can decide whether we would like to work with each other and if so, book some weekly sessions. Some clients want to focus on a certain problem or situation, and once this has changed they want to stop having counselling, which is fine. Others might be struggling with difficulties from childhood or a traumatic event, and they want to explore that and go deeper, in which case the work can be more long term.
As an integrative counsellor I can use many different types of counselling approaches. Some clients want to talk things through and understand what’s happened to them, and others might want to learn to communicate better or learn how to deal with the emotions that are causing them problems.
Counselling can help you understand yourself better and the way you think, and this can help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. The more armed with information you are, the easier it becomes to navigate your way through any difficulties you are facing so that eventually you can come out the other side feeling more positive and able to take better care of yourself. Counselling can also help you understand other people’s point of view better, which can shed light onto the way you interpret words or actions.
I can offer general counselling for most difficulties and I also have experience, specialist training and interest in: addiction, substance abuse, rape and sexual abuse, emotional abuse, boundary setting, and understanding manipulative behaviour. I have a special interest in narcissistic abuse, and helping people recognize the signs and tactics of manipulative behaviour in others, in order to help clients protect themselves from further abuse within their relationships. I am also passionate about empowering people to discover their true identities, take ownership of their lives, and identify any destructive or toxic relationship patterns that might be preventing you from truly enjoying your life.
Other areas I have experience of working with are: anxiety, carer support, confidence building, dementia, depression, family issues, loss, low self esteem, panic attacks, passive aggressive behaviours, postnatal depression, PTSD, relationships, shame, stress, suicidal thoughts, toxic shame, trauma.
In order to make counselling at Hopeful Heart accessible to everyone, I often have a few sessions that I keep available at a reduced rate for clients on a low income, and this can be for short term or long term counselling. Please contact me to discuss what you can afford.
If this sounds good to you, then email, text, message or call me and we can meet for an initial assessment and take it from there.