My experience encompasses a variety of different mental health settings, such as crisis support, NHS services and charitable mental health organisations, where psychotherapeutic services and support was offered for individuals experiencing a wide variety of different problems and challenges in their life. In addition to this, I have experience within psychiatric settings and working with a broad range of diagnosis, such as complex trauma, PTSD, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.
The sorts of things people may bring to counselling include, but is not limited to:
- Burnout and collapse of a professional function
- Conflict, anger and conflict resolution
- Coping with change
- Critical and punishing parents
- Current relationships at home or at work
- Difficulties from childhood e.g. adversity, abandonment
- Eating disorders / body image issues
- Family & relationship issues
- Family estrangement
- Life transitions
- Living as an expat
- Marital difficulties
- Mental health difficulties
- Panic attacks
- Self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness
- Trauma, including PTSD
- Work-related issues
All of these reasons, and more, may bring a person to therapy. However, you do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to seek counselling and psychotherapy. It may be that you would like support dealing with a life change, or are in need of support with a relationship difficulty, or have a specific event or problem you are facing that you would like to talk through with someone who is removed from your personal circumstances.
As a foreigner living in another country, I have experience working with other English-speakers living abroad and the particular struggles this can bring about. My particular areas of interest and experience are in working with people affected by childhood abuse and trauma, such as PTSD, and with complex relationship issues, such as family estrangement.