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 in 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 relates 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, 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. 

Some words about Counselling

Testimonials

"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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