THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
still, treat each guest
empty of its furniture,
who violently sweep your house
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
Welcome and entertain them all honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Psychotherapy can help you understand yourself and the way you are in the world, improve your relationships, support you to work through emotional suffering with a view to leading a more fulfilling life.
Many people who seek counselling or psychotherapy have found themselves experiencing relationship problems or emotional difficulties, however, counselling can also benefit those who are curious about themselves and wish to engage in therapy for personal growth. Therapy can do for the mind what exercise does for the body. It can encourage you to feel a sense of aliveness, support you to think more flexibly, help you to develop emotional resilience as well as prevent more serious problems from occurring.
Individual counselling usually takes place once a week at the same time and place. It can be either:
short term – usually 6 to 12 sessions – more structured and focused on solving the identified problem or situation or
long term – lasting from a few months up to a few years - to explore more deep rooted and historical difficulties.
Couples counselling is short term (usually 6 - 8 sessions) and takes place once a week at the same time and place.
Issues I work with
Counselling and psychotherapy can support you with a range of issues or difficulties. The following is an example of some of the issues that people may wish to seek therapy for:
Family and relationship issues or difficulties
Sadness, depression, emptiness
Lack of confidence, low self-esteem, issues around self-worth
Self-harm or suicidal thoughts
Anxiety, stress, panic or fear
Abuse – sexual, physical, emotional, financial, bullying
Obsessive or addictive behaviour
Identity, belonging, motivation and purpose
Loneliness, isolation, intimacy and connection
Bereavement, loss and grief
Illness, death and dying
Work related issues or stress
Life transitions and change
Existential issues – the meaning of life