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Who comes for counselling?

In the five years that I have been a counsellor I have worked with clients from a number of different backgrounds and all walks of life.

sandalsThese include: the employed, the unemployed, the retired, receptionists, lawyers, nurses, teachers, musicians, students, sports coaches, local authority officers, accountants, paramedics, librarians, greengrocers, lorry drivers, working mums, stay-at-home mums, many fathers, single men and women, and several teenagers.

I have worked with clients from a number of different backgrounds and cultures.

Below are some of the issues I have helped clients work through in counselling:

deckchairAbuse, ADHD, Affairs, Anger, Anxiety, Bereavement, Body Image, Careers/Jobs, Confidence, Decisions, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Friendships, Grief, Infertility, Loss, OCD, Pain, Panic Attacks, Parenting, Phobias, Pregnancy, Rape, Relationships, Self-Worth, Sexual Problems, Sexuality, Trauma.

I am particularly interested in working with body-image, especially with the acceptance of being or getting ‘big’ in a society that appears to find it so unacceptable. I did a piece of research in 2011 about this for an MSc and very much like to work with people who have low self-worth about their body whatever size they are. Here is a link to a recent article I wrote on the subject.

Nearly everyone is at least a little bit nervous the first time they come which would suggest this is normal! I have had counselling too and remember the first time well.