Counselling in Horley and Crawley
I know how daunting it can be to decide to start therapy, and choosing a therapist can seem like an uphill task, so I’d like to welcome you to my website and hopefully make this part of your journey a little easier.
You may have been thinking about therapy for a while but I know dealing with issues like depression or anxiety alone can make it very difficult to find the strength to make a decision. You may feel like the only one struggling like this. You’re not. At some point in our lives, most of us will experience tough times that seem too much to cope with.
How can therapy help?
Therapy is like having someone to walk alongside you, someone you can just be yourself with without having to watch what you say or hide what you feel, someone who understands that even the strongest can feel overwhelmed when they have too much to deal with.
Once you take the first step, it can be a relief to find a safe space to put down the burden and just talk about what is going on for you. Being able to share your feelings with someone who can really listen to you without judging and help you make sense of what’s happening can be the first step to feeling better.
Common problems like depression and anxiety can have many causes.
Our hopes and sorrows can often centre on our experience of family life. Many of our richest moments and most devastating events can start in the families we are born into and the families we hope to create. The heartache of infertility, miscarriage and still birth can sometimes be moments of loss that we can't share with those closest to us. The pressure it can put on us can shake even the strongest relationships. Fear of judgement can keep miscarriage and termination as hidden griefs that we can't express for fear of how others will see us. Working with those whose hopes to create a family have not turned out the same as everyone else is an important part of why I became a therapist. Talking about how it feels to grieve for a child that never was can be a healing experience.
Not all families are the same. The experience of having a child with special needs like autism or being a person who doesn’t think or feel the same way as everyone else can make the world seem like a hostile and unforgiving place. It doesn’t have to be. But supporting family members of any age with special needs, while rewarding, can be an additional burden that can sometimes be overwhelming. Having the space to be honest about the pressures involved with someone objective can be a relief.
A tour of my site
It’s important to find a counsellor who's properly qualified and safe to work with. Professional ethics are very important to me and I work within the BACP ethical guidelines. You can find my qualifications and something about my experience on my About Me page.
The Counselling page describes what counselling's all about and how it works.
On the Information page you'll find the practical details that will help you decide on whether we can work together, fees, meeting place, and so on.
Do have a look around.
May I help you?
I am also an experienced telephone counsellor so if you can't get to me for sessions in person, you might consider telephone sessions, which can work really well.
There's more information about where my counselling rooms are and how to reach them, fees, and other details, on my Information page.