"Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change" - Authur Burt
I had my first experience of Counselling over 14 years ago when I was going through a particularly difficult time in my life which was later diagnosed as pre/post-natal depression, severely imparing my mental health. I felt completely overwhelmed by feelings of fear and was incredibly lost. I was referred to see a Counsellor by my G.P. and for one of the first times in my life I began to feel understood by another person, helping me to begin to understand myself.
This period of distress formed the beginning of my interest in Counselling where I decided to find out more and enrolled on an Introduction to Counselling course - from then on I was hooked! What I love the most about being a Counsellor is experiencing such a wide variety of relationships, all of which are completely unique like the people themselves. Every person whom I have had the pleasure of working alongside has enriched my life in some way and offered me additional understanding about myself.
I have engaged in extensive periods of personal therapy and rather than viewing this as a weakness at not being able to cope alone, I now view this as a strength that I am able to find and ask for help when I need it. My experience of personal therapy has enriched my life both personally and professionally, helping me to become more knowledgeable and compassionate towards myself.
In my experience as a client, experiencing a caring relationship with someone who values and accepts me just as I am facilitates CHANGE and GROWTH. The Counsellor's acceptance of the client acts as a catalyst to encourage and facilitate the client to begin their own process of self-acceptance.
I understand that counselling is often a huge step for people and is acknowledgement that someone is asking for help. I work in a caring and non-judgmental way and believe that EVERYONE is capable of change and growth if there is a desire to do so.