My experience

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 gained experience within psychiatric settings and working with different diagnosis, such as PTSD, schizophrenia, personality disorders and so on.

The sorts of things people may bring to counselling include, but is not limited to:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Burnout and collapse of a professional function
  • Chronic illness
  • Conflict, anger and conflict resolution
  • Coping with change
  • Critical and punishing parents
  • Current relationships at home or at work
  • Depression
  • Difficulties from childhood e.g. adversity, abandonment
  • Difficulties living as an Expat
  • Divorce
  • Eating disorders / body image issues
  • Family & relationship issues
  • Family estrangement
  • Identity issues e.g. culture, ethnicity, sexuality
  • Life transitions
  • Living as an expat
  • Marital difficulties
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Panic attacks
  • Parenting
  • Self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness
  • Stress
  • 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. I also have experience working with people affected by trauma, such as PTSD, and with complex relationship issues, such as family estrangement.