Your future is not written in stone but in sand and changes with the tide
I have worked in small private businesses, schools and large corporate organisations and understand the pressures and stresses that juggling work and home life can bring. I have also had to overcome life crises of my own and these experiences help me to empathise with other people’s struggles.
I work with adults, children and young people in an integrative way, and believe that by understanding ourselves better, each of us has the ability to resolve the issues and problems that we face in our lives.
My approach uses a range of therapeutic methods, tailored to you, including looking at how the past impacts on the present (psychodynamic), changing thoughts and behaviour patterns (CBT), working with the body and what is happening in the moment (Gestalt) and exploring and growing qualities and capabilities you already own (person centred).
HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP?
Looking for help is a sign of strength.
Most people experience crises in their lives at some point and can feel overwhelmed and isolated. Non-judgemental and supportive counselling or psychotherapy can be very helpful, providing space and support to understand our feelings and emotions.
WHAT CAN IT HELP WITH?
Relationship difficulties ▪ Self-esteem ▪ Anxiety and fear
Body image worries ▪ Childhood dificulties
Exploring dreams and ambitions ▪ Abuse
Understanding and changing behaviour patterns Depression ▪ Problems at work ▪ Loss and bereavement Trauma ▪ Personality Disorders ▪ Life crises
Lack of direction and hope
IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW
IF YOU NEED HELP IMMEDIATELY, PLEASE CONTACT 999 OR 111 OR:
SANE - a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Phone helpline open each day from 6pm-11pm on 0300 304 7000.
Mind - advice, legal information, and support. Phone helpline open each day (except bank holidays) from 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays) on 0300 123 3393.
Rethink Mental Illness - practical advice and support to those experiencing severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, and to their carers and relatives. Phone advice line 0300 5000 927.
"I really do think it was very helpful for me and worth the time"
"I really appreciate the help that you have given me"
"I feel like my mindset has completely shifted and it feels permanent"
"Thank you so much ... you have made me a happier mother to x and a happier, prouder and stronger person"
My first meeting with Heather was very encouraging for working together in the future. She helped me to feel relaxed and able to open up straight away.
Taking the decision to contact a counsellor for the first time can be daunting. It can feel like a big step into the unknown and takes courage.
You may have lots of questions about the process and whether we can work together.
I offer a free 15-minute session so that we can meet and you can decide whether you feel comfortable talking to me. After this session, if you decide you would like to continue, we will organise weekly sessions of 50 minutes each.
Sessions are online via Skype, Zoom or Facetime and I have a limited number of face-to-face and walk-and-talk appointments available in Charlton Mackrell, South Somerset.