Needing a safe, confidential space to explore issues around stress, burn out, depression or conflict?
As a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England and qualified counsellor, I offer face to face, zoom and telephone counselling, and can work with you to explore your current situation, through the ‘lens’ of the main counselling approaches, where they may be helpful.
A church leader myself, I am aware that not all ministerial training prepares us for the emotional demands of ministry or the necessary self-awareness about our own triggers, barriers, behaviour and thought patterns that we bring to the role. For example, we may find certain personalities difficult and find ourselves in conflict with others, or wonder why certain situations trigger a strong emotional response in us, such as fear or anger. We may find it difficult to say no and to put up healthy boundaries without feeling guilty.
If any of this resonates with you, I can offer you the opportunity to work with me, exploring underlying thought processes and behaviour patterns, possibly from childhood, that are affecting you in the present. I have been involved in pastoral care and mental health training in a church setting and have an interest in spiritual direction, as well as the role of contemplative prayer and mindfulness in working with anxiety and depression.
FAQ: Do you offer spiritual direction?
I am not a qualified spiritual director. Although counselling and spiritual direction are separate fields, I believe that there is overlap but I am always client led.