counselling & psychotherapy

I work with people on a short-term or long-term basis. You may have a specific issue you want to focus on, such as a difficult relationship at work or with someone in your family or the loss of someone close to you. We can work together on a shorter-term piece of work on that particular problem. Or you may wish to work on a longer-term basis where we can look more in-depth at the total situation and your life in a more analytical way to give you a deeper understanding of yourself. The therapy session is your time to talk about anything you wish: day-to-day issues, memories, dreams, or any feelings or thoughts which come to mind. Together we will identify hidden recurring themes and patterns from the past. These may be holding you back; and are now unnecessary and unhealthy but they also feel inescapable. The process of psychotherapy is a gradual self-discovery exploring these internalised themes. As your self-awareness grows, they hold less power over you. As you get to know yourself more fully your confidence increases, and you will have more fulfilling relationships and experience greater freedom and fulfillment in life. Psychotherapy is a gradual process with subtle but permanent changes over time. Research has shown that it’s the relationship between the client and therapist which is the most effective element of the treatment, so it’s vital that you feel you will be comfortable enough with me to talk honestly about yourself.
My practice is based in Southbourne, Bournemouth. We meet in a comfortable private room and there is nearby parking. Southbourne is easily accessed from Bournemouth, Christchurch, Ringwood, Highcliffe, New Milton, Poole, and surrounding areas.