Hi there, I'm Sam. Welcome to Counselling Your Way UK.
I've been a counsellor for more than 13 years now and have always had the desire to help people therapeutically. Counselling isn't usually an easy experience. I know this because I've sat in the client seat too. I believe one of the most important aspects to finding the right counsellor for you is working with someone you feel comfortable with and who you can trust. I think part of this is getting a snapshot of the person you'd be sharing your thoughts and feelings with which is why I've written a little about myself here.
I'm local to Chesterfield for those of you coming to see me in person (you'll notice this I'm sure when you hear my Derbyshire accent). I'm naturally creative at heart. My clients describe me as genuine, empathic and down to earth. I'm a good listener and would very much like to help you feel comfortable with the counselling process.
I trained as a relationship counsellor when I was relatively young and at a time when digital communication wasn't as popular as it is now. I believe having been able to experience different mediums of communication (webcam, online text and telephone as well as face to face) in my work with clients at the centre of a counselling organisation has really helped my ability to relate to different people. As has counselling in a Secondary School, a Rape and Sexual Assault centre and a national counselling organisation.
I hope this description helps you to start working out if I'm the right counsellor for you and to feel a little more comfortable in either picking up the phone or dropping me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Within counselling there are many different theoretical approaches to helping people. My approach is what's called integrative. This means that I adapt different ideas and techniques to help you talk about and resolve whatever you need to. Some of the approaches I use are;
Person Centred - to give you choice and respect how you uniquely see the world. The idea that your beliefs, experiences, emotions, needs and solutions are unique.
Systemic - exploring the relationships and systems that are a part of your life and how these all interact.
Psychodynamic - to explore and understand how your past experiences might be impacting you now, and to explore how different parts of yourself interact sometimes in conflict and in harmony.
Creative & Play Therapy - to use stones or other objects, crafts, art materials, cards, games, sand-play and exercises to symbolically explore your emotions and situations.
Solution Focused - to contain and focus on specific angles or areas that you'd like to work through.
Emotion Focused Therapy - to explore and unravel difficult and painful emotions that may hold you back from moving forward.
Gestalt - to help find meaning in your unique experience and understand that the child version of you exists within the adult version of you.
Psycho-educational - to help educate in a useful way so that you may find patterns and ways of being that serve you better in your emotional health.