If you feel you might benefit from talking confidentially to a professional, Person-Centred counsellor in a private, safe space then maybe I can help?
I follow a strict code of ethics and your dignity and well-being are my priority. I entirely respect your autonomy.
Life can leave us feeling 'bruised'. You don't need me to tell you that... Things can sometimes feel confusing, difficult, painful, sad and so much more, and sometimes we just need to talk and not be judged - however impossible it may seem to find the words; together we can try.
I offer a down-to-earth, unshockable and most importantly - empathic approach to our sessions. I am warm and friendly and work easily with young adults, elderly people and everyone in-between.
This may help you get a sense of me, and whether you feel I would be a good fit for you.
Please email, text or call me to arrange.
E: info @claregyde.com
M: 0770 8888 270
I work face to face and online (Zoom, Whattsapp video), I also offer telephone counselling and talking while walking.
By trying to express our deepest thoughts, feelings and concerns without being judged often helps ease the emotional weight that may be holding us back.
I will not push you to talk about anything you are not ready for. However, I will tentatively encourage you to go deeper and perhaps consider the origins of the feelings you are experiencing.
How do I work?
From the moment we meet and begin our first session - I suggest to you to consider everything that has come before as history.
I would strongly suggest that we look at your past - but not stare at it.
I will remind you (constantly, if needs be), when I notice there is some awkwardness or embarrassment regarding whatever you are trying to express, that you are safe to tell me anything.
Sadly, shame/embarassment/self-blame/ resentment towards others can be such powerful debilitating experiences they can hold us back from moving forwards with our own life.
I do not judge. I cannot emphasise that enough.
Whatever your wishes are from therapy, I will endeavour to help you get to where you want to be.
By sharing your most intimate experiences, concerns and thoughts with a non -judgmental professional can really help you gain further understanding of why we are as we are and react as we do.
I believe therapy is about empowering ourselves with understanding, so we can better comprehend our feelings and behaviours and therefore change or adapt those that have been causing us difficulties.
I do not sit with you only from an academic viewpoint.
I, too, have lived through many of life's challenges and entirely understand these can be varied and vast from my professional and personal experiences.
If you have any queries about counselling - please do get in touch. I will be happy to answer any questions or doubts you may have.
I offer one-off sessions, short-term ( 6-8 sessions) or ongoing therapy.
What do I specialise in?
I get asked that many times and the answer is emotional pain has many faces.
I see people living with the repercussions of,
I will support you closely while you look inward.
Anything you share with me stays confidential.
Confidentiality; your privacy, is one of the main pillars of the therapeutic relationship.
For four years, I attended the renowned Metanoia Institute for training in counselling and psychotherapy on an accredited course. This was tutor-led.
Part of my rigourous training consisted of 480 hours of client-facing work which was supervised. This means an experienced counsellor that follows the same code of ethics as I do oversaw my counselling work.
It is my professional as well as personal duty to do what is called CPD, Continued Personal Development. This means I keep up to date with the latest research for my counselling modality and psychotherapy as a whole.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Please contact me and we can work out a time and day that works for us both.
I cannot guarantee how long it will take until you start feeling an internal shift as a result of having therapy. There is no magical formula, sadly.
You also need to put in some effort between sessions.
However, if you are not feeling some type of benefits after a number of sessions together - I feel we would need to talk about that to find.
I do not want to waste your time and money just so we can stare at each other for 50 minutes. The point of therapy is for your own personal growth, right ?
From my experience, people who are committed to change often start feeling the impact of our sessions more quickly than they expected.
I need to mention...
" When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified - or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for.
The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance... provides illumination and healing.
In such situations, deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another. "