Even where people are living happy and fulfilling lives, significant life events and losses can leave them floundering and stranded, needing help to make sense of what is happening, and space to express feelings that are not easily tolerated by those around them. Here again, Person-Centred counselling offers that help, and that space.

To some extent, the theory behind a type of counselling probably doesn't matter as much as finding the right person to be counselled by. The main point about Person-Centred counselling is that its practitioners believe that the person coming for counselling is the true expert on her/his life, but has become lost and confused along the way.

What IS counselling?

I think of counselling as being a safe place to explore the complicated business of being you with someone who will listen, try to understand what your life is like for you, and help make sense of what is going on for you. It is an opportunity to truly "be yourself" with someone whose sole purpose is to listen and try to understand.

There are many different sorts of counselling, and you may be confused about where to start.

I am a Person-Centred counsellor. This type of counselling is based on the premise that many of the problems people experience arise as a consequence of trying to live life in a way which doesn’t suit them. The reasons why people end up doing this are complicated, and often even the person themselves may not be aware of them. Person-Centred counselling theory suggests that if a person is provided with an accepting, authentic and empathic counsellor they will feel safe enough to explore themselves more fully. In this way counselling gives the possibility for uncovering these reasons, and allow the person to make sense of their situation and then to make choices as to how they live their lives.