My aim as a counsellor or psychotherapist is to provide a safe, confidential relationship within which to explore an individual's sense of self and any difficulties that they may have.
The length and focus of work varies according to individual needs and circumstances.
Short-term counselling can be used to focus on a specific issue, difficult decision or particular goal or problem.
Open-ended psychotherapy can be used to explore more generally, looking at how to manage ones self in the world, at difficulties with relationships, or at diffuse and recurrent problems.
Couples work is useful for individuals struggling with a relationship - whatever the relationship, at home, at work, extended families - where both people are willing to come and explore the issues together.
Group work is useful for people who feel able to explore their relationships with a wider group and to draw support from their peers.
In each case, the aim is to help people to explore who they are and the dilemmas in their lives, whether they arise from recent circumstances, health issues, childhood events or long standing attitudes and beliefs.