'Connection is why we're here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives' - Brené Brown
I can give you space to talk about your problems and difficult feelings in a safe, confidential environment.
Each person's experience is different, but generally, you might seek counselling when there is something in your life you want to change, or if you need to explore your thoughts and feelings in more depth.
We might need to work together for a short time - e.g. 6, 12 or 18 weeks; however, as the sessions progress we could find that much more needs to be looked at. In which case we might work for a year, two years or even longer than that.
My role as a counsellor is not to sit you down and tell you what to do - instead, I will encourage you to talk about the problem, so you can uncover any root causes and see ways of thinking that are specific to you.
Together, we might then look to create practical ways to cope and possibly reconcile your issues. Each session will be tailored for you.
How can Counselling Help?
It might be important for you to speak in a safe, confidential environment and as a counsellor, I can offer you the freedom to explore what you need, support you to find your own understanding of your problems and offer tools to help you work through them on your own.
Counselling is a journey that can take time and consistency for it to be effective, as a result, the clients with whom I work, choose to have regular sessions. Eventually, you can find that the process will help you understand yourself better and the way you think, giving a clearer insight into your difficulties.
The work that we might potentially do together could also help you to appreciate another person's point of view more fully, enabling you to see how you interpret the words or actions of others.
"Immediately I felt a rapport with Haydn, it sounds silly but just knowing he was a gay man put me at ease. I knew that Haydn's background was varied and he explained to me that the sessions could incorporate psychodynamic work.......we could try different things such as art therapy, chair work and even some good old-fashioned talking"
"Haydn used the analogy of the new me as being like a new jacket- when you first wear it, perhaps the sleeves are a bit stiff and it doesn't quite fit right, but over time, it becomes supple and bends and before you know it, you don't even realise you're wearing it. I never thought I would be able to live a life sober and mentally stable, but almost two years later and my jacket fits like a glove"