Welcome to Counselling in Monmouthshire

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Welcome!  If you are looking for counselling in Monmouthshire then let me tell you about my self.   I have been in practice as a counsellor and therapist since 1994 and I offer individual and couples counselling in Monmouthshire.   I am experienced in working with relationships of all kinds, anxieties, sexual abuse and self esteem to name a few.   I have particular experience in counselling those who are bereaved and especially those who have suffered the death of a baby or child.   I am a senior accredited and registered counsellor with The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).   I work with people in and around Monmouth and across the Wye Valley.    I am 40 minutes drive from Hereford,  30 minutes from Abergavenny and 20 minutes from Chepstow.

Why Counselling?

There are times in all our lives when we are faced with situations that leave us feeling hopeless or helpless and very alone.   Perhaps you are wondering whether counselling with me will help.

Counselling is often described as a talking therapy.  This is because when we meet you will have time to talk about and explore what is troubling you.  We can then work together to find ways to help you find solutions or take steps toward making different choices for your life.  If you come as a couple you will have the opportunity to talk about and explore relationship difficulties together with me so that you find new and better ways of relating to each other.

How does counselling work?

Counselling provides the opportunity to embark on a journey accompanied by someone who is skilled in helping you understand yourself better: a counsellor who believes in you and has hope for your future. Therapy can be challenging at times but is respectful of your needs and your self.  It takes place outside the circle of your family and friends.   This gives space to be more open than is usually possible within our close relationships.   This freedom can give a greater sense of safety because the therapist does not judge you or become upset by what you may feel or say.

Therapy is not advice giving but neither is it a one-sided relationship.   A therapist is not a friend or a carer, but is still friendly and caring towards you.  A counsellor and therapist can help you think through your situation and offer opportunities to reflect, feel and explore.    They can help provide new ways of thinking about yourself or your relationships and suggest alternative or healthier ways of dealing with difficulties.

Finally therapy takes time: time to be with you, time to explore and time to change.  Time to grieve or time to build new ways of being.

What next?

Check out the rest of the pages here and then contact me via email or phone to set up an initial appointment and answer any other questions you may have.