I am an experienced, and qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I am registered with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
How Can Counselling Help You?
You may be struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions or facing a difficult life crisis. Perhaps you feel stuck in a rut or you are dealing with unresolved issues from your past. I can honestly say that counselling is effective and can help you. It takes having an open mind, a willingness and commitment to embrace change. I have worked with clients who initially were sceptical and unsure about the process, but were pleasantly surprised.
It is about giving you the space and entitlement to address areas of imbalance, conflict and things that are stripping you of your joy and peace. As your counsellor, my role is to support you, come alongside you, as we work through your problems. You do not have to be alone in this.
FAMILY COUNSELLING & MEDIATION
Some of the areas I offer counselling:
- Eating Disorders
- Low self- esteem
- Marriage and relationship issues
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
- Separation and divorce
- Cross cultural issues
What to Expect in Your First Session?
It is all about getting to know you and you getting to know me. Some clients have come to their first session expecting it to be quite formal, which they soon realise it isn’t. There are no airs and graces. I am a relational counsellor, which means that it is important we are comfortable with each other, and can build a trusting therapeutic relationship. You see, most times inlife we put on masks and put up barriers to the external world, but in the counselling room you are free to be yourself. I won’t judge you, I accept you as you are. Your feelings are real and valid in our counselling space.
My Model of Counselling
My model of counselling is integrative. This means that I combine several counselling approaches which are complementary and most suitable in helping my clients achieve their desired outcomes. Examples of the counselling approaches I integrate are Person-centred therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt Therapy. I am also a strong advocate for Attachment Theory which helps us understand attachment during early years and how it impacts adult patterns of relating. I work psycho-educationally and practically to equip my clients with knowledge and resources to enable them achieve lasting desired change.
As a BACP registered member, I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice and am subject to its complaints procedure. Confidentiality is very important in counselling and the service I provide. Everything you share during our sessions together will be treated as highly confidential, subject however to the ethical framework of the BACP. I am required by BACP to undertake regular supervision and Continuing professional development through courses, reading and keeping up to date with the profession.
Regularity and continuity are important in counselling and whilst I make everyeffort to accommodate flexibility into our working agreement, I do expect commitment to the counselling process and therapeutic relationship if you desire lasting change and growth. The sessions will last 50 minutes, and with some clients I offer 80 minute sessions.
My counselling practice is based in Grays, Essex RM16. Clients who live in Thurrock, Dartford and East London areas can easily access my practice for face-to-face counselling. I also offer online counselling (Skype or Zoom) to clients who live further afield and clients based internationally. Click on the link below to book a free discovery call, to find out more about how I work.
“I started seeing Oby during a very difficult time in my life. My emotions were all over the place, I was incredibly anxious and struggling with deep-seated issues that I didn’t know existed. What surprised me most was that Oby helped me to learn things that I hadn’t realised about myself. I’m quite self-aware, I thought I knew my issues and the root of my anxiety and I just needed help with ways to cope with them. Turns out there was SO much more that needed to be addressed, and without Oby’s gift of tuning out the noise and focusing on the real issues I would never have got to where I am today. I am a whole person now, I’m much stronger, I believe in myself and I feel less anxious than I have in years. I couldn’t have done it without her.”
“Counselling was something I had never thought of doing before the end of 2015, but it was one of the greatest decisions I had ever made. It truly was the start of a beautiful journey within myself, a process of healing which Oby was so present. After suffering a break down towards the end of 2015, I responded so well with our sessions that I didn’t require any medical intervention at all. Oby is an incredible listener and grew to be a truly empathetic friend. During our sessions, I didn’t just find the opportunity to heal, but to grow and own my story. Now in the beginning of 2016, I believe with the help of Oby, I have truly found the courage to be myself unapologetically and live and accept a life full of joy and incredible possibilities.“
Felicia N (simplyfeli)