Take back control of your emotional and psychological wellbeing with online counselling from Flourishing MK - Counselling and Wellbeing Service
It is very common to go through ups and downs in our everyday lives, as being human and juggling multiple roles and priorities in life is hard work.
However hard you try to cope there may be times of overwhelm where you are struggling to manage stress, feelings of anxiety, or depression.
Where do you turn for emotional and psychological support?
Each of us can experience hard times, you may have lots of friends and family members around you but it can often feel difficult to keep going over the same things with them. Maybe you feel you are a burden to the people around you, or you don't want to worry them.
Maybe you have been to the GP and they have prescribed medication for your symptoms, but the medication is not suiting you and you would like to explore other options for your mental health and wellbeing.
Whatever your reasons for coming across my website I would like to share some more information about myself and the way that I work as a counsellor in the hopes that it will reassure you that there is help out there, help that is accessible and affordable.
My hope is that through the process of counselling with a qualified professional you can be supported to turn life's difficulties into a starting point for personal growth and self-development. Then you will feel empowered to work towards a life where you can fulfill your potential.
I'm a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor with hundreds of hours of experience working with clients who have experienced multiple issues. This includes bereavement and loss. I enjoy supporting clients who are living with with chronic pain and other long-term health conditions. I also work with carers and clients who have mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I have moved my counselling practice online. This was after additional training in online counselling. I offer sessions via Zoom, or Skype. I also offer telephone sessions if this would be your preferred way of connecting.
There are multiple advantages to working online, including:
* Being able to access support from me via the comfort and safety of your own home.
* You don't have to travel to access sessions which can be helpful for clients with mobility issues, or no easy access to a car, or public transport.
* Flexible session times to work around your schedule.
* You can access sessions from wherever you are in the country.
* Confidential and discrete access to counselling support via your preferred medium (Online/ telephone/email).
Please reach out for support if you need it and take the first step towards a stronger and empowered future, where you can develop the life that you want to live.
I was drawn towards training as a counsellor in my early thirties after experiencing chronic pain and periods of anxiety and depression. Throughout my counselling training and my experience of working with the many clients that I have worked with I have drawn on my lived experiences to offer enhanced empathy and understanding to the clients experiences.
I first qualified in 2018 after studying a diploma in person-centred counselling. Enhancing my knowledge and professional skills is a really important aspect of my counselling practice. I have a certificate in online counselling skills which I achieved in 2020 and am currently studying towards a degree in Counselling and Psychology with the Open University. I believe that change is possible at any stage of life and encourage my clients to take any opportunity for self-growth and personal development.
I set up my private practice in Milton Keynes with the aim of providing affordable and accessible counselling to my clients. I know how vital the support from personal counselling can be and still access my own personal therapy to continue on my journey of self-awareness and self actualisation. In person centred therapy we are always on a lifelong journey of personal growth and actualisation.
I have a particular interest in working with clients who are living with chronic pain and other long-term health conditions. This was developed after living with my own chronic pain condition for ten years and experiencing first hand the difference that personal counselling, alongside medical treatment and other self-care practices can make in pain management and eventual flourishing, where you can live the life that you want alongside your condition. Many clients have found it helpful to know that I truly understand the huge physical and emotional toll that chronic pain can have on your mind and body.
I have been working as a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor in various voluntary charitable organisations since 2018, working with clients on either a short, or long-term basis. My current voluntary placements include working with the charity Harmless, based in Nottingham, United Kingdom (https://harmless.org.uk/) and Hitchin Counselling Service, based in Hitchin, United Kingdom (https://www.hitchincounsellingservice.org.uk/).
I enjoy helping clients to identify and work towards achieving their personal goals in therapy. In a warm, gentle, non-judgemental and supportive therapeutic relationship clients are enabled to work through the issues that are causing them to feel stuck, lonely, depressed, anxious..... I take great pride in being alongside and supporting my clients as they make progress and develop the life that they want to live.
I also have experience in working with carers and with people who have experienced bereavements and other major life changes.
As a counselling professional and a person I enjoy working creatively. If you wish to you can have the opportunity to work with creative mediums as part of the counselling work. Working with creative mediums as part of the counselling process can enable a greater depth of self-exploration.
I look forward to meeting you to see how we could best work together in therapy and helping to support you in achieving your personal goals. Please get in touch to learn more.
Support that is tailored to your unique needs and enables you to find and develop your inner resources
One-to-One Personal Counselling
Rediscover your 'self' with person-centred counselling
With so many different types of counselling available it can be difficult to know what each type is and what the therapy involves.
The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) gives some really useful information about Person Centred Counselling and how it might help you. Read on to discover more...
Person-centred counselling is one of the humanistic modalities or approaches. It was founded in the 1940s by the American psychologist Carl Rogers who believed that, given the right conditions, a person can reach their full potential and become their true self, which he termed ‘self-actualisation’. This actualisation process is innate and accessible to everyone.
To help you achieve self-actualisation, the person-centred therapist will offer:
unconditional positive regard (UPR) – accepting and valuing you as a unique individual.
congruence - being honest and transparent in how they experience you and your world.
empathic understanding – seeing what you describe from your viewpoint as if they were you.
When you’re attending counselling sessions with a person-centred counsellor, you’ll be encouraged to bring your own issues to the session – the counselling is led by you and not directed by the counsellor.
This can be difficult to get used to at first. Many clients, with no prior knowledge of counselling, believe that the counsellor will sort their problems out for them. A person-centred counsellor will help you to explore your own issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviour, and worldview, so you can become more self-aware and achieve greater independence.
“You can be in pain, but you need not suffer”
Vidyamala Burch - Mindfulness for Health
Schedule a Session
The first steps to starting your counselling journey will be to contact me to schedule an assessment session.
This will give us the opportunity to meet, I will ask you some questions about yourself, such as what has been happening for you and the reasons that you would like to access counselling. Together we can decide if counselling with me is right for you at this time. If it isn't then we can look at other agencies, or services that may suit your needs better at this time.
Sessions are offered on a sliding scale from £35 - £45 per hour. I would ask you to choose the fee that is most comfortable for you to pay and this is the price that you will pay for the assessment and any further sessions that you have.
Milton Keynes United Kingdom