One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice...
Many people find it helpful to have a confidential and non-judgmental space in which to explore their life dilemmas with a skilful listener who is not involved in their daily lives. Counselling is not about giving advice, and it may sometimes be uncomfortable to look at old disappointments, future hopes and present fears.
It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones...
However as you gain a deeper understanding and begin to see things differently, you will discover new ways of dealing with situations. My training in Integrative Psychosynthesis encourages counsellors to adapt their approach to suit each client's situation. I draw inspiration from the writings of Thomas Moore, particularly his book, Care of the Soul, which emphasises the importance of making space for soul in our everyday lives. I am also influenced by the work of Marion Woodman, a Jungian analyst, who honours body, soul and spirit.
But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company...
From time to time we all need to tell our stories and be helped to see them in a new light. One of my tasks is to learn to see things from your perspective. Although our work together will be mainly through dialogue, I may also use dreams, myths and other creative arts as these are ways that the deepest longings of our souls make themselves known. I believe we are all capable of living meaningful and satisfying lives both as individuals and in relationship with others. Counselling is an opportunity to look at some of the things that may be hindering that ability.
...as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do -
determined to save the only life you could save.
From The Journey by Mary Oliver