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Timeout Counselling

Southampton, Hampshire

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Timeout Counselling

Southampton, Hampshire

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Timeout Counselling is an online service and offers two approaches to Therapy, each model is for individuals, families and carers of loved ones struggling with mental health. The first approach is Person-centred Counselling and is essentially a Talking Therapy, an approach which allows the client time to explore underlying causes for their distress and gain understanding and insight into a clear path forward.

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One of the reasons I love my job is because of my genuine interest in people. It is extremely heartwarming and humbling to witness a person's progress during their therapy experience especially when they can leave the sessions feeling empowered and ultimately capable of dealing with what life throws at them. I work towards being redundant, my job is to facilitate a person in understanding her/himself to such an extent that they no longer need my help, I don't believe in dragging things out for my own financial benefit. I am lucky enough to do a job where I meet interesting people and where I play a small part in them reaching their potential, taking back control of their lives and overcoming difficulties. I am inspired every day and it's an absolute joy.

I decided to start my own business due to being privy to the lack of ongoing support within the health sector. I have worked for a number of years in services where the lack of funding has resulted in extremely long waiting lists and very time limited support which all too often leaves individuals and families at a loss for where to seek help. I have lost count of the times I have heard how people have been left to cope alone because they have completed their allocated sessions and it saddens me to hear that people have deteriorated because of it. This is why I started my own practice, to allow people to take the time they need to address their issues and concerns without feeling they need to cram as much in as they can, this is not good practice and certainly not effective.

My background stems from personal experience of mental health, I know first hand how it can feel to be suffering and to feel alone and isolated from the rest of the world. I also have first hand experience of how it feels to witness loved ones who are struggling and to feel helpless in how to help them. I have studied extremely hard to gain the qualifications I need to practice within the law but I do not believe there is a substitution for lived experiences when you are striving to understand another person's struggle, I don't believe that passing exams can ever be enough to really have any idea of what it feels like to spend your life struggling with mental health. I can offer deep empathy and understanding along with a wide range of knowledge where psychoeducation is concerned. I work towards offering a complete human package. In my experience, clients often feel safer in therapy when they are surrounded by familiarity, this also helps maintain regular attendance. As my service is online, this means that clients can attend therapy in the comfort of their own home.