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“It is only in our darkest hours that

we may discover the true strength

of the brilliant light within ourselves

that can never, ever, be dimmed.”


Doe Zantamata



What is Counselling?

My approach to counselling is a person-centred one. Person-centred counselling is a humanistic approach founded in the 1940s by the American psychologist Carl Rogers who believed that, given the right conditions, a person can reach their full potential and become their true self through a process of actualisation which is innate and accessible to everyone.

To help you access your own inner resources, wisdom and potential for healing and growth, I as your counsellor will offer you:

  • Congruence - being honest and transparent in how I experience you and your world.
  • Empathic understanding – seeing your viewpoint as if I were you.
  • Unconditional positive regard – accepting and valuing you.

    When you’re attending counselling sessions , I encourage you to bring your own issues to the session – the counselling is led by you and not directed by me.

    Many clients, with no prior knowledge of counselling, believe that the counsellor will sort their problems out for them. As a person-centred counsellor, I will help you to explore your own issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviour, and worldview, so you can become more self-aware and achieve greater independence.

    I am here to help you discover your own abilities and help you to realise what resources and support are available to you that you can use to work through your own issues, build your self-confidence and appreciate that you always have options. I will treat you as the expert on yourself, as no-one else knows exactly what it’s like to be you.

    I will not judge you, no matter what you bring to the session. This helps build a trustworthy relationship in which you can feel free and supported to disclose whatever is troubling you. Eventually it will lead you to discover your own abilities and autonomy, so that you can cope with current and future problems.

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  • "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change." Carl Rogers

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