I thought it might be helpful to start with saying a little bit about me. I had an opportunity following redundancy to retrain. I felt that counselling was a chance to bring my life experience, skills and personal qualities to good use. I believe I have a friendly professional approach to my work.
I believe that everyone has their own reason for seeking therapy just as every therapist has their own journey they undertook to be available to offer their support. As part of my journey I undertook therapy which helped me to reduce stored up emotions, ease up responsibility and allow self-care into my life. I felt heard and understood. It gave me the chance to understand the benefits that counselling can bring first hand so I want to offer others the chance to benefit from therapy too.
I have an interest and extensive experience in working with carers, those people who support others. To me this could be someone who is looking after / supporting their child, parent, grandparent, partner, sibling, friend, colleague, or neighbour. I understand that caring for others can feel like an overwhelming responsibility, taking time away can feel conflicting, it may leave you feeling guilty. I have experienced feelings such as this as a parent, sibling and granddaughter. I have been witness to the ongoing worry and low feelings that come with someone who has a high level of care. I understand the focus can be on the person who is being cared for, the stresses and strains it can leave little time and energy to think about your own needs.
The feelings of being overwhelmed and there being little or no choice, feels familiar. There are times where a situation can bring out anxiety, a constant worry about the situation that surrounds. There are times where it is hard to shut off and sleep is disturbed and restless. The low feeling of everything feeling a bit too much and energy being depleted. This is where I found having therapy helped me recognise the choices that I had and how I introduced a better balance into my life which I have mentioned as self care.
My self-care when I am not working includes going for walks, and living on the South coast I have lots of choice; walking in the countryside, by the sea or the local river. I also enjoy reading, getting involved in a book with a twist can be a good place to temporarily escape to. I have also have a passion for visiting new places.