Is your anxiety affecting your everyday life? Do you feel that things are out of your control? Have you lost a sense of who you are, or what you want from life? At Lifestorm Counselling, I provide confidential and private counselling services to suit your needs, helping you to regain composure and storm back to life.
The name Lifestorm came to me as I watched a Cape cormorant attempting to land during a severe gale off the South Atlantic coast of South Africa. I observed how the bird eventually touched down safely because of its perfect adaptation to flying in extremely rough conditions. The cormorant enjoys a relatively simple lifestyle centred mainly on fishing and flying. We humans face an infinitely more complex existence. We are not always as perfectly adapted as we might hope to be, especially when put into complex and difficult situations. We are unlikely to be ready for all the storms that come our way.
As a counsellor, it is my privilege to embark on interpersonal journeys with individuals over the age of 18 who have encountered unwelcome turbulence of one sort or another in their lives. My clients say that having the added support of a therapist working alongside them through difficult times really does make a difference.
People are susceptible to stress and anxiety when complex situations arise; and there are so many things that can blight our lives and deeply affect how we feel and think and behave. Whether it be problems from childhood, parental or family difficulties, relationship breakdown, work concerns, sexuality, phobias, peer pressure, addiction, or some other issue – the fact is that we experience tough times as humans and sometimes professional help is needed if we are to move on to new and greater things.
My mission is to work with you towards improving your mental wellbeing, assisting you in developing improved coping strategies and managing your problems more effectively. Having been a counsellor since 2008, I believe that the therapeutic relationship should be built upon trust and honesty, and together we will explore how you think and feel about the issues you want to discuss.
I see counselling as a positive process that helps people find their way to a different and stronger position in life. It proves valuable to people who have become aware that something important has changed or needs changing in their lives. Importantly, counselling is not just focussed on negative events. It is intended to be therapeutic, and can be an ideal accompaniment for those who want to regain composure and storm back to life.
Take me up on a free 30 minute introductory session via video call or telephone. It will provide you with the opportunity to find out whether counselling is the right way forward, whether we are comfortable with each other, and what our expectations are.
Having attained my British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader Award (Level 2) and Remote Outdoor First Aid qualification I am excited to launch Mind the Grit ‐ bringing my counselling work and cycling together to help people boost their own mental health. Mind the Grit gives you the freedom to have fun outdoors on your bike, away from home, with the opportunity to talk informally to your counsellor cycling partner about personal challenges you may be facing.