During the course of our time together, I adopt an integrative approach, which is designed to draw on a combination of psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioral therapy in to help you explore – and overcome challenges.
...I encourage deep reflection, exploring challenges you might face, helping you to talk through the emotions we sometimes find difficult to process. In my work, I have seen Clients come to discover - as we progress through the counselling process - things about themselves that they never knew and this can identify new opportunities.
Areas I I feel comfortable working with, together with you:
abuse; addiction; anger; attachment issues; bereavement; body dysmorphia; bullying; career counselling (see Coaching); depression; disabilities; discrimination; dissociation; eating disorders; employment issues; loneliness; low self-esteem; LGBT issues; obsessive compulsive disorder; passive aggressive behaviour; personality disorders; post-traumatic stress disorder; relationship problems; self-harm and self-care; sex problems and sexual health; sexuality; stress; and trauma.
"I had everything I needed to be happy - a great relationship, a great job, a loving family and lots of great friends. So why did I feel lonely? How did end up here? I tried to make sense of it myself by reading self-help books, which confused me even more. I needed someone to guide me through this, to help me ask the difficult questions I avoided asking myself.
I must confess that, in the beginning, all that soul-searching and thinking was exhausting, but I knew that, although I was not there yet, that with the right guide by my side I will get there. I felt safe with Stuart walking alongside me, guiding me, encouraging me, challenging me, and celebrating the baby steps I took in the right direction as well! I now realise that if I get lost a little along the way, I know I can always go back and ask Stuart to walk with me for a little while until I’m back on track. Thank you, Stuart – you got me back on my path and I’m so grateful for that!"
"I found Stuart extremely approachable and easy to talk to. During my weeks with him I told him things that I haven’t told friends or family as I felt comfortable and safe with him. Stuart has helped me work out some problems I was going through and I feel lighter and more positive as a result of our sessions. I can highly recommend him as a counsellor."
I approached Stuart for counselling due to the break up of a relationship, which I was really struggling to coming to terms with. I started to feel the benefits early in the sessions - talking to Stuart really helped me to put things into perspective and I started to piece together the reasons why I repeatedly found myself forming relationships with people who had come from similar backgrounds. I also discovered that I tended to form close relationships with people in the same way my role was defined in the family from a very young age. I slowly began understanding myself and to learn who and why I am who I am, without blaming others or feeling such deep sense of abandonment. I felt supported by Stuart and able to grow and strengthen as an individual.
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