COUNSELLING

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 to help you explore – and overcome - challenges.

Does the past impact your present?

Psychodynamic theory is a way to  explore those issues that come from the past, which affect the way we are today – we all carry some of our past with us and counselling can really help us to heal from a range of emotions including those related to loss, grief and trauma,  Healing is a process, so it's necessary to 'go back' in order to go forward. 

What is bothering you right now?

Using the Humanistic approach, we can reflect on what is bothering us in the here and now. What's happening for you?  In this space?  Right now?  Sometimes just knowing that it is okay not to feel okay can be reassuring.  Long-term, however, where do we go from here?  Issues such as anxiety and depression can make us feel like we are not moving forward - let's hit pause and reflect.

Do you want to change  for a better future?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has proven to be very effective in helping individuals to reframe negative thoughts.  The way we respond to issues are largely learnt from our pasts and it is possible to relearn new, more desireable ways of being. Issues such as complex relationships, addiction, phobias and PTSD can be addressed using CBT.

In our sessions....

...I encourage deep reflection, 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. 

Testimonials

"Stuart made me believe in myself again.  He is one of the most astute people I have ever met and he inspired me, even at my lowest ebb.  It’s not just about finding your purpose again with Stuart – he explains why (the science bits - should you want to hear them) and motivates me to learn more about who I am. His honesty, wisdom and attentiveness make him standout way ahead of any other therapist I’ve ever worked with.  I highly recommend his services."

“I started my sessions with Stuart during a time of deep bereavement.  At the time, I was completely lost in the world, with no clear grasp of how to navigate life further.  Little by little Stuart helped me find a new sense of identity, and to restructure my relationships to fit in my new world order.  We also expanded counselling to many other areas, and he competently helped me understand things rooted in a long gone past.

 

Throughout our sessions, I was struck by Stuart’s ability to listen.  He was respectfully positive, and celebrated every little success.  He would often kindly encourage me to follow up on my words, challenging me to think differently.  I would look forward to this before every session.

 

At the end of a sessions, I often felt energised and with a sense of direction. In the very least, there would be a couple of ideas of something I could do or go away and think about.

 

Throughout my therapy, Stuart made me feel safe and, although walking alone is sometimes challenging, I can still almost hear his comments and encouragement.  Stuart has a great ability to retain information from earlier sessions, making him an exceptional listener.  I would highly recommend him as a counsellor - his positivity really is contagious!”

"I worked with Stuart for nearly two years and I instantly felt safe to be open with him. He provided a warm and non-judgemental space and we quickly built a rapport which provided an essential foundation for my own growth and development.


His guidance and encouragement have been extremely supportive and our sessions always helped me to see problems, relationships, and myself in new ways.


I valued the questions he asked and how he would shape the conversation so that I could get the most out of my counselling sessions with him. I will always be eternally grateful to Stuart for the refuge and consistency his sessions provided and the reflections they prompted outside of that space."  

"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."