While we all wish each other a safe, healthy and happy New Year, there is a feeling of doubt about how we move into 2021 in a way that feels meaningful.
Perhaps the biggest thing we can do is work with our thoughts and feelings this year – really give ourselves permission to listen to what we and others have to say.
For me, writing helps me focus on this, helps me to make sense of how I am feeling about my own emotions and the world around me.
It can be hard to find the words to do justice to our feelings, to explain them, capture their essence and give us a sense of peace. Writing helps us work at this. Understanding ourselves is as important as offering this to those around us. So, to be able to look forward and create some time and space for yourself, try writing or journaling this year.
To get started, create some prompts that will help get you going – they could be phrases you use, or that other people say to you. They could be questions you ask yourself such as ‘What is your favourite memory?’. If you are dealing with feelings of loss and grief, this could help give your grief words – you could ask yourself, ‘What does my grief feel like?’, and know you have a safe and confidential place to be honest about your experience of the depth emotions have after bereavement.
If you can share how you are getting on then please leave me some feedback. If you are struggling and want some prompts let me know and I will come up with some options and leave online for everyone. We are all unique, we experience life and make sense of it in many different ways – you could just as easily use art, photography or poetry to make this meaningful to you.
I hope 2021 is the year we go forward wanting to understand and honour the meaning life has for each of us.
Best wishes, Kay.
As we get back to normal or a 'new' normal, I just want to reassure you that my client's safety and welfare is my priority. As such, counselling sessions are taking place but will continue to be via Zoom, Teams, telephone or email, all of which are proving very successful. The situation will be carefully monitored and re-assessed after the Roadmap government announcement on 21st June 2021.
If you have any questions or queries about counselling sessions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Be kind, be kind to yourself, be the person you want to be, be you.
Best wishes, Kay
Thank you for stopping by to look at my website - I hope I can be of some help to you.
Kay Fletcher Counselling began life back in 2011, offering counselling to adults and
couples. It has grown and evolved since then and now also provides counselling to
children and young people, including working in schools locally.
I am a person-centred counsellor which is a 'humanistic' therapeutic approach. This
means I look at the way a person views and values themselves, the conscious
thoughts, feelings and emotions, but I don't aim to interpret or diagnose. In this way
I would aim to work with the meaning your experiences have for you, in order to
understand your experience from your point of view. To this end the counselling
relationship is an important part of the therapeutic alliance and I would offer empathy, respect and honesty, to establish and support it. During the first session we can discuss working together and if we felt this was something we could do.
As a person-centred therapist then, I value the client's experience and am genuine, open and non-judgemental. I would hope you felt accepted and able to work honestly with, and understand, your own feelings. I believe this move to relying on your own values, and sense of self-worth would create a positive relationship with your inner resources and on-going access to this continued support.
I work privately from my practice in the small but picturesque village of Leintwardine, on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border. Appointments are available Monday-Saturday, with evening sessions an option. I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a professional body which safeguards clients and ensures they have access to competent and ethical practitioners. Accreditation means my '...practice has been deemed to meet our higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner,'
If you feel unsure about contacting me but feel you need help right now or you may harm yourself or someone else, please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 which is free to call from within the UK and Ireland.
There is also a Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge 0808 2000 247.
Please don't suffer in silence - please ask for the help you need.