Hi I’m Pam and I’m a fully qualified, BACP registered counselor, with experience working in the NHS, Counseling charities, and private practice. My interest into the mind first began as a young adult. I discovered how profound the difficulties associated with mental health can be, not to mention the stigma that can surround asking for help. I often found myself being the person that family and friends came to, when they were in need of a listening ear and thats when I started asking myself these questions:
Why do we do the things we do?
What influences our behaviours?
How do we gain control our behaviours and feelings?
How do we cope in certain situations?
How do our feelings affect our lives?
What makes us who we are?
With these questions fresh in my mind, I sought out a course that would help me gain a better understanding of the mind and how to help others with similar questions.
Whilst studying counselling, I did a lot of self reflection, personal growth and development through my own one to one sessions. I worked through many difficult and thought provoking processes to enable me to have a deeper understanding of myself, and my personal experiences. My counselor offered a safe and non-judgemental space for me to share, which helped me to navigate the world of my mind. I found the experience to be liberating and helpful, and that’s when I knew I had chosen the correct profession. I couldn’t wait to develop a good relationship with my own clients and help them in the same way.
Whilst having my initial appointment with clients I often use this anology which might help you to decide if counselling is the right step for you.
During our life, we come across many experiences, thoughts and feelings. We store these in our own little cupboard (our mind). Some of these might be at the front of our cupboard, whilst others could be hiding beneath many things. During our sessions, we can look at those items that might be taking up too much space in your cupboard. Much like decluttering and spring cleaning your house, sometimes it is necessary to throw things away that may not be useful anymore.