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Counselling can help to cope with a range of issues from everyday stresses to the heavier things that we carry. I have worked both privately and within the voluntary sector, where I have supported many children and young people with a variety of issues. Including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, self-injury, body image issues, body dysmorphia, survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, eating disorders, school and exam pressure, bullying, sexual orientation or gender questioning, suicidal ideations, bereavement, autism, ADHD, substance abuse, relationship problems and anger management.

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety



Anxiety is a feeling of stress, panic or fear and can become disabling to our everyday life. There are several types of anxiety but with each type as we start to feel those first trembles of panic and fear, the anxiety begins to feed itself and grow. Very quickly it can grow out of our control. Having a space to talk about how anxiety feels individually to you can help. We can become so focused on getting through the moment that we forget what is causing those feelings and can have very little time to be present or to know what is going on or why we feel the way we do. Counselling can help work out what makes you anxious and what triggers your anxiety and panic attacks. Knowing what is causing you to feel this way can help you begin to make sense of things and help to find a way to manage and live with your feelings.

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Self-Injury



Self-Harm



Some of the reasons people turn to self-injurious behaviours are as a way of expressing the pain they are feeling inside or due to feeling a lack of control. The numbers of young people being admitted to hospital having intentionally hurt themselves has doubled over the last 8 years, although the true numbers may never be known as not all those who do self-injure will seek treatment. Counselling can offer someone to talk to when you are feeling isolated. You may not have told anyone else about your self-injury and may feel that it's time to share that burden. You may or may not know what your triggers are and as your counsellor I can be there as you work that out. Taking that first step and telling someone for the first time can be scary. You may fear being judged or be scared of the reaction you will receive, but counselling is non-judgemental and offers a safe space to explore your feelings and your need to self-injure. This offers you space to think about recovery and how that may look for you and gives you the time to take things one day at a time.

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SEN Needs

SEN



For someone who has or who identifies as having additional needs, the world can be a challenging place. Having additional needs can sometimes feel as though you are a square trying to fit into a round world. These feelings can come from pre-diagnosis and feeling different or out of place, going through the diagnosis process and life after a diagnosis. There is often little support offered to both those who have additional needs and their families. Counselling can offer a space to process the feelings that may come along with a diagnosis such as Autism or ADHD for both the person being diagnosed and their family. Counselling with me offers a small space in a big world where you can be entirely yourself. There is no need to worry about being judged for your differences or masking. It is somewhere you can be entirely yourself with someone who has extensive knowledge and experience of autism and its associated comorbidities, both personally and professionally. I understand how important it is to keep the environment the same and how sensory stimulus may affect you during our time together. At the assessment, all these considerations will be taken into account to ensure that you are always as comfortable as possible during your counselling sessions.
The counselling relationship is one like no other. It is a relationship of equal power, a relationship that places the client as the expert and offers them a safe and non-judgemental space where they can explore whatever they need. Sessions are client led. For some people, this may take some getting used to as they may come to counselling with some expectations. I am not here to fix you; you are perfect as you are. I am here to support your journey to well-being.
Counselling is the first step on your journey to being the you that you want to be, and I will be with you every step of the way.


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This is not medical advice, counselling can offer support, but you should always seek medical advice if you want a diagnosis.




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