Meet our small, friendly and specialist Counselling Team.
This service is free to its users, and delivered by qualified counsellors. People effected by missing say that some counsellors don’t understand the issues they experience, and that counselling can be expensive, or hard to access. Our counsellors are trained to understand the unique needs of people effected by missing.
‘As a counsellor I hope to create a safe space with you - a space that feels supportive, where you can explore your feelings and be emotionally held. I want to share my knowledge of missing with you, so that you feel confident that I have some understanding of what you might want to explore in your counselling. However, I do not in any way call myself an ‘expert’ in missing – that title is reserved for the loved ones of missing people, and those that go missing themselves. I will always seek to understand what you are going through, and offer my understanding back to you, so that you can gain greater clarity on your feelings, and emotional needs.I am trained in the Person Centred approach to counselling (if you’re not sure what this means – please ask me). This therapeutic approach, founded by Carl Rogers, is the root of my counselling practice, but over time I have undertaken a range of further counselling study, which you might want to tap into with me, including dance and movement , breath work, play, drama techniques, and art materials. These can be great way to support you in working through feelings - sometimes you might want ways of working that aren’t just talking, and I’m pleased to accommodate that. Whatever the way that we work together I will place your needs in the centre, and anything we engage in will be with your permission - this may mean that glitter never comes into the sessions!’
‘In addition to the issues related to missing, I specialise in trauma, loss, grief, ambiguous loss, oncology (cancer), chronic illness, menopause, and the effects of these experiences on individuals and relationships. I have experience in providing therapy for a variety of people and a range of concerns, including providing therapy to the refugee community, and to those that have experienced conflict, torture, trafficking, grooming, and abuse. Counselling can seem scary and daunting, particularly if you have never been to therapy before. I aim to offer you a safe space in which you are heard, seen, and held without judgment. I am human in my approach, what I mean by that is you won’t find me being a robot, silently just writing notes as you talk! I work in a trauma-informed way and use a collaborative and compassionate approach to counselling, so that we can make space for difficult things, and foster your hope, healing, and resilience. In my spare time you will find me binge watching a TV series, trying to find local dogs to make friends with whilst on walks, going to festivals, and reading with a nice cuppa’.
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