I work as a humanistic, psychodynamic counsellor, with integrated approaches such as Gestalt therapy, Psychosynthesis, Mindfulness, and Focusing, which can all be very helpful in bringing awareness to the depths of oneself and situations.
I offer an accepting, non-judgmental, safe space to hear you and help you to find in yourself what it is you are looking for. That may be peace in coming to terms with painful emotions or situations, or it may be finding better ways of being or learning to accept things just as they are.
There may be a specific problem, or there may not be, and both are fine.
I formerly worked as a carer with the elderly and then with technically dependent children with the NHS. After I’d had my children I decided I needed to work in a more empowering way, while still helping others.
I began studying counselling with The Open University and then moved to study at the Iron Mill Academy in Exeter where I qualified as an Integrative counsellor in 2015. Since then I have completed numerous professional development training programs, and gained my accreditation with the BACP in 2020. I have also completed a course in delivering counselling online with Abertay University, in 2020.
During my time as a counsellor I have worked with a diverse range of clients from many different backgrounds and with a wide variety of issues. I have worked in a number of settings which has provided me with training in different ways of working while strengthening my core skills in counselling. I am committed to my continuous professional development and attend regular supervision to ensure that my practice is in accordance with the BACP ethical framework.
When I’m not at work I enjoy long walks with my family, going on adventures, drawing and painting, and writing.
I currently work from home in Innerleithen, Scottish Borders.
Counselling is a talking therapy. It is a process where you can feel safe talking to someone who listens to your point of view, who accepts who you are, who doesn't tell you what to do and who will not discriminate against you.It can help you
People come to counselling with many different experiences.
There is safety in exploring your own experience in a confidential environment. I liken it to being on a journey. You may find you need to stop and look at the map for some reason. Perhaps you are lost, or don’t like the road you have been on. Maybe you wonder what other roads are out there. It might be that the ride has been very bumpy or traumatic even. Counselling offers you a chance to stop, look at the map and have time to yourself to help with the next step.
If we do not change the direction we are going, we are likely
to end up where we are headed.
― Lao Tzu
In this time I don’t tell you where to go nor do I judge your
progress. It can be very helpful having someone looking at the
map with you. If I point to what I see on the map, this may
enhance your view.
― Juliana Hopkins