Life is full of unexpected turns. Sometimes, the challenges we face seem overwhelming and after trying everything we can, we feel stuck.
If you find yourself struggling and are not sure where to turn, please call. As a professional counsellor, I will come along beside you and offer you the support, encouragement, and counsel that you need, helping you to develop insight, strength, and resilience through the process.
Passionate about empowering and equipping individuals, the practical skills you learn will not only help you face your current challenges but will also give you the tools you need to be more effective in your everyday living.
Find hope, discover a new perspective, heal, be inspired, and take away a more fulfilling and enriching life.
What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
In all discussions between us, you have a right to expect that what we talk about will remain between us. Confidentiality is an important part of feeling free to talk through whatever issues, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable. I will always act to protect your privacy, however, you need to know that there are a few cases where that may not apply. The following are exceptions where information may be shared with someone else and I will attempt to inform you of any time when I think I will have to put these into effect:
1. If there is a need to intervene to prevent serious harm to self or others
2. If I suspect abuse or neglect of anyone in the vulnerable population, I must inform the appropriate protection services to investigate.
3. If I am required to comply with a legal order such as a subpoena, or if the disclosure is otherwise required by law.
Best practice recommend therapists engage in professional consultation regularly. As such your case may be selected for review. At all times your identity and personal details will be kept confidential and only the main ideas will be discussed.
RIGHTS AND RISKS
You have the right to ask questions about anything that happens in therapy. I am always willing to discuss how and why I've decided to do what I'm doing , and to look at alternatives that might work better for you. At times, I may recommend using a therapy method that is still under research. You have the right to refuse anything that I suggest. You may ask for a review of your progress or access your records, subject to legal requirements. You can ask me about my training for working with your concerns and can request that I refer you to someone else if you decide I am not the right therapist for you. You are free to leave therapy at any time.
Therapy also has potential emotional risks such as eliciting uncomfortable thoughts and/or strong emotions. Spending time with feelings or thoughts that you have tried not to think about for a long time may be painful. Making changes in your beliefs or behaviours can be scary, and sometimes disruptive to the relationships you already have. It is important that you consider careful whether these risks are worth the benefits to you of changing. Most people who take these risk find that therapy is helpful.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING FOR?
From time to time we may need to find a safe place to look at our life and the things that trouble us. Counselling provides a space and opportunity for you to explore behaviour, relationships, feelings, or thoughts which trouble you and cause difficulty in your life. Counselling is also a legitimate source of support in a crisis or during a difficult time. Counselling can bring a deeper personal insight and awareness, better ways of understanding and coping with problems, and improved relationships.
The work you do in counselling is a bit like putting together a toolkit. You have an opportunity to learn a whole bunch of new skills so that when life gets hard, you can figure out which tool will best help you handle the situation. You should know, that counselling sometimes invites you to be willing to examine difficult topics or times in your life which may cause you to experience stronger than usual emotions. You may also be asked to try out new and different behaviours.