If you're considering sharing your thoughts and emotions with me I feel I should share a little of myself with you. Whilst I'm a trained professional counsellor, I'm also a pretty 'normal' kind of person too, so please don't let the job title intimidate you.
I've had difficult times in my life and know the benefits that counselling can bring. I know how daunting it can be to talk for the first time about things that are troubling you, things you may have kept hidden from family and friends. This is what drives me to want to help you through your difficult times.
You and I will work together, as a team, to help you learn to manage obstacles and road blocks in your path. Sessions are tailored to address challenges unique to you. Therapy is not a magic pill, but it can teach you successful strategies that foster long-term change, but it will take commitment from you.
I believe qualifications are very important, but I also place a great deal of value on the therapeutic relationship.
I'm committed to diversity and welcome everyone irrespective of race, gender, class, culture, marital status, physical ability, religion or sexual orientation.
I work with age 18+.
"Janet has taught me to cope with the anxieties in my life and shown me that I am stronger than I realised. The hardest part is to accept that I needed help, but with Janet's gentle, reassuring guidance I now have a better understanding of myself and I will
be forever grateful that I reached out and Janet was there".
"I absolutely credit Janet for helping me get through the most challenging and darkest time of my life. Janet was a fantastic counsellor and therapist to me. She is deeply sensitive, knowledgeable and supportive.
Janet helped to guide me through the process of healing, and I thank her so much for that. It may sound hyperbolic to credit Janet for saving my life, but she literally did that by her
"Janet is softly spoken, with a soothing, calm voice for a start. She is patient, professional and very caring. Janet helped me
to see and understand things I never would have done without her. She is kindness itself and I felt safe and comfortable
talking to her.
She has helped me to feel so much better and happier".
"I had counselling with Janet for around 8 months when I reached a real crisis point in my life.
It wasn't the first time i had found myself in this place.. but it felt as though there was no longer a path forward, no way to avoid issues within myself from too many years of traumatic events. I needed to release thoughts, memories, fears & pain & try to understand how all of these things were affecting the way I was living.. & the damage it was causing to my self esteem, my self worth & ultimately my happiness.
Janet walked alongside me, always hearing, never judging.. & I think for me the most invaluable thing was, she actually understood what I was saying (or what I was trying to explain) she made me feel that I wasn't alone inside my head with 'strange thoughts' My thoughts were a perfectly normal reaction to circumstances I'd been through, I just needed to explore those thoughts with an open mind.
Very often I had no idea what I wanted to talk about before a session with Janet & sometimes I didn't want to talk at all about anything 'deep' Strangely, those sessions were almost always the most productive & often contained a real point of understanding something that I had never been able to see before... joining dots!
Janet has an amazing gentle way of helping you to trust yourself & your feelings, there is absolutely no pressure & I found myself being able to say things to her I had never been able to say to anyone my entire life. I trusted her implicitly...".