Talking to friends or family about body dysmorphia, particularly issues like bulimia and anorexia, can often feel impossible. Navigating this problem on your own is extremely difficult, and getting better takes time, but my counselling gives you a chance to engage with what lies behind these unhelpful habits and not feel judged while doing so. My role is to create a private space where you can feel comfortable enough to properly engage with the emotions associated with your body dysmorphia.
You might feel like your depression will never improve, and that your situation is hopeless, but as an experienced counsellor in Farnham, Guildford, and online, I have seen, first hand, how change is always possible, no matter how bad things may seem. Of course, dealing with depression isn’t linear, and doesn’t happen overnight, but we together we can work through your difficult thoughts and feelings and, over time, replace them with a more compassionate view of yourself and others.
Low Self Esteem
If you suffer from low self-esteem you may feel shy or anxious around other people, and you may think yourself incapable or unworthy of success or praise. You may be locked in a self-critical cycle, which can prevent you forming healthy relationships and achieving your goals. Through therapy, we will explore the reasons behind your low self-esteem, enabling you to get back to your core beliefs and relacing self-criticism with self-compassion.
I know that reaching out for help with your anxiety can be extremely daunting. You might feel isolated, always catastrophise, predict the worst-case scenario, never feeling truly at ease, even when you’re ‘relaxing’. My practice is a safe, completely confidential place for you to explore these feelings in your own time, in a way that’s comfortable to you. I work with all kinds of anxiety, such as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
I work with individuals who are struggling with a variety of problems inside the family unit. Family troubles can be particularly challenging; it could be that some conflicts have been ongoing for many years. No matter what the problem may be, I am here to create a down-to-earth, private environment for you to share your feelings in any way you see fit, with me walking alongside you as you come up with ways to move past the issues you are having with a family member.
I also often provide targeted support for family members who have a loved one with a long-term and/or terminal illness, giving them a welcoming space to talk through how it makes them feel and how to move forward. I also working alongside those living with long-term or terminal illness.
While everyone experiences anger at times, uncontrolled or misplaced anger can have damaging consequences on relationships and your self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. As a counsellor in Farnham, Guildford, and online, I have seen how, when you recognise the triggers, you can learn ways to manage your anger more positively. By working together, we will explore the root cause of your anger and develop practical strategies to prevent it from becoming destructive.
Bereavement and loss
Work related issues
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Self-esteem and confidence
If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, issues with your body, relationships within your family, or any problem that you would like to talk through in a confidential space, I am here to provide person-centred counselling in Farnham, Guildford, and online. My practice is a private, down-to-earth environment that gives you the space to explore complex issues in a way that feels right for you, ahead of us coming up with a therapeutic roadmap that directly addresses whatever it might be that is bothering you. Sessions are available for both adults and young people from the age of 11 upwards.
An initial free 30 minute consultation is available to anyone looking for counselling in Farnham, Guildford, and online. Please get in touch to arrange a time that suits you.
I specialise in working with young people aged 11 years upwards. That path from adolescence to early adulthood is full of unique challenges with many young people struggle with anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, family and friend relationships, body dysmorphia, identity issues, grief, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
I am experienced in building strong therapeutic relationships with young people and work with them to offer them a confidential space to explore their current experiences and share their feelings and emotions. My approach is down to earth, and I take time to work with your child on their level, so that they feel comfortable sharing their experiences. This way, I can help them understand the issues that are troubling them so that they can express themselves, improve their relationships and their overall mood.
By working online and in person, I connect with your child in a way that they feel most comfortable, and on their terms. If your child suffers from social anxiety, or if they find new experiences and environments challenging, online counselling prevents these concerns from getting in the way. This way, embracing all modern technologies which are part of your child’s world, including online games and apps, they immediately feel more comfortable as they are in a space that they feel familiar with, and we can make great progress together.
The work we do together is totally confidential. If we are working face to face, there will be no one listening to you – it will be just you and I in the room. If our work is done over the phone or online, I will be working in my counselling room and the same situation will apply. There may be some occasions when I will need to tell someone else about what we have talked about, these are legal requirements or if I am worried about your safety. I will talk about this more as part of our contract of working together.
Counselling is helpful for someone experiencing a complex issue of any kind, whether it’s a relationship, recent bereavement, issues with their body, abuse, depression, or anger. Even if nothing in particular is wrong, but you nonetheless don’t feel good inside yourself, counselling is a place where you can get to the bottom of this feeling. In other words: anyone would benefit from counselling.
Naturally, this varies from person to person and depends on the problem you come to counselling with. In some cases where there is a specific crisis, you might only need one or two sessions, but if you are dealing with a more complex, deeply rooted issues, I recommend at least eight sessions or more, as this gives us a chance to develop a therapeutic relationship and get to what lies behind the problem you are facing.
Generally, I see clients once a week, due to the way that this continuity allows us to foster a good therapeutic relationship. I understand that sometimes it can be difficult to attend weekly sessions due to having a busy life and I offer the flexibility where possible accommodate changes. I can, in cases of crisis intervention, offer two sessions a week if needed
I understand that going to counselling for the first time can feel daunting, and if you feel you would like a person to present in the initial session, that is absolutely fine. In regular sessions I would recommend working on a one-to-one basis.
I believe that it is just as effective as working face to face, in fact some people prefer working over the phone to face to face. This service is for you and therefore it is important you are comfortable with whatever arrangement suits you the best.
Payment can be made via bank transfer, cash, or cheque. For cancellations or rescheduling, please give me a minimum of 48 hours’ notice, otherwise you will be obligated to pay for the session in full.
My practice is a place for young people and adults to receive a form of support that suits their needs. If you are struggling in any way and wish to know more about how counselling can help, feel free to give me a call or email at any time and I’ll be happy to answer any questions about counselling in Farnham, Guildford, and online.
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