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It’s as if I’ve built a castle to protect me

…but the walls have become a prison; I’m trapped!

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“Every human has four endowments: - self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... the power to choose, to respond, to change.” Stephen Covey

I am a counsellor in Gillingham Dorset, situated near the borders of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire and I offer both general counselling services for individuals, Trauma treatment using EMDR,  relationship counselling, couples counselling and Life Coaching support as well as Wilderness Therapy and Nature-based Therapy. My style of working is fully adaptable to the field of Life, Business and Executive Coaching and compatible with the coaching qualification that I hold.

The very essence of life is change but we often struggle to cope with and adapt to it, particularly when changes are unwelcome and forced upon us, such as the loss of a relationship, a loved one or our health.

Many individuals also develop a gradual sense of something about themselves or their world not being right, as if they just don’t fit in. This can become increasingly disempowering as we lose direction in life or start to wonder just who’s path we have actually been following. It’s often not our own path!

My approach seeks to empower clients to achieve a more balanced perspective on their lives and priorities. Clients are often able to resolve long standing difficulties to find a greater sense of who they are and where they fit in to the world.

For more than 10 years, I have helped many people, maybe people just like you, to find ways to cope with and understand change and the associated emotional and practical implications of transition.

I have helped many people to find new direction and to develop inner strengths and resources, enabling them to live more meaningful, fulfilling and empowered lives. Empowerment comes from an acceptance of the past and an understanding of how it impacts on us now together with a willingness to learn and to experience new perspectives. Along the way, issues of low self-esteem and low confidence can be addressed, as a sense of deserving something better than we’ve had in the past develops.

Change can be a good thing, such as when you start a new relationship or secure a new job. In such situations, I have helped people to ease the transition in a way that minimises any potential for negative impact. Being qualified as both a counsellor and coach, I have no professional bias in helping you to decide which the best route is for you.