Hello and welcome.
My name is Charmain and I am a Person-Centred counsellor. This means my approach, first and foremost, is to listen carefully to what is troubling you, to really get a feel for how your world is for you, without telling you what to do, judging you or shutting you down. This part always sounds simple, yet having such a safe space in life in which to feel properly heard and seen is often all too rare.
Going forward I look to form a 'therapeutic alliance' with you, to help you find and activate your own self-healing capabilities, which I firmly believe exist within all of us. As this process unfolds, it tends to put you more in control of the decisions you make and how you feel about them, giving greater freedom from a reliance on the opinions of others. In so doing, it alleviates at root a range of types of distress (for examples see below and 'About Counselling' page). I have experienced this journey myself as a client and the impression it left on me down the years led me to come to train, qualify and practice in this approach. As such, I have had the privilege of beholding similar personal transformations within my own clients.
Many things can bring us to seek counselling: generalised fear and anxiety, feelings of isolation, loneliness, depression, health issues, relationship issues or difficulties with our identity - to name but a very few. Whatever you are struggling with right now, I offer you a warm, compassionate, accepting and confidential space in which to feel heard, understood, validated and able to explore yourself, without fear of judgement or disclosure.
If you would like to 'test the water', I warmly invite you to contact me. From first contact I can offer an initial free half-hour assessment session via Skype or telephone. Please see my Contact page for further details.
In ordinary times I work from a therapy room in Shepton Mallet (easily accessible to those in the Mendip area such as Glastonbury, Wells and Radstock). Due to the current situation, however, I am giving counselling sessions by Skype and telephone only.