Alena Dierickx COUNSELLING FOR ST LEONARDS ON SEA, HASTINGS AND ONLINE

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ONLINE COUNSELLING WITH A HOLISTIC FOCUS OFFERING SUPPORT FOR DEPRESSION, TRAUMA, ANXIETY, IDENTITY AND SPIRITUAL WORK


Welcome

How can counselling help?

Life is complicated and we live in anxious times with little space to de-stress and take stock of the world around us and our sense of place and belonging within it. There are so many distractions preventing us from slowing down and examining important life issues, such as rapidly shifting digital media feeds, texts, emails and the fast, often aggressive pace of life and work that can fragment our attention and focus, intensifying anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. Counselling can provide a space for self-reflection. A listening space is an increasingly rare opportunity to feel heard and understood in a hectic and complex world.

Our relationships, experiences and attachments in the past inform how we behave and live in the present, what coping strategies we employ through difficulties and challenges. These adaptations can become less useful over time, holding us back from being all we are capable of becoming. Counselling can offer a way of working through relationship dynamics, mental health, work or personal growth and it can also be a way of breaking a sense of loneliness and isolation. I aim to offer a non-judgemental and objective space in which all of you is valued and accepted. I see therapy as collaborative and I will encourage you to bring your own ideas about what works best on your journey.

This counselling service aims to provide you with a safe and confidential space for you to get help and support from a qualified professional. It can often be easier to talk openly with someone outside of friends, colleagues and family because a more objective alliance can be formed between client and counsellor. We can determine together what areas you wish to focus on, or allow the work to evolve naturally. I work in a holistic way that respects your individual as well as community and intergenerational heritage and experience.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic all counselling services are now provided online or by phone instead of face to face sessions. This is a temporary measure that I am reviewing regularly.
Therapy online/by phone can be more flexible if you are unable to travel, maybe live with a disability, are living in an isolated location or work outside of the usual working hours.

I work primarily with problems arising from trauma, which can be as a result of early attachment issues, abuse, medical interventions or loss, though there are endless ways in which trauma embeds its way into a life. I also work with issues to do with gender, identity and oppression and the depressive states arising from negative experiences, and much of my work is from within the LGBTIQ+ Community.

I am based in St Leonard's on Sea, East Sussex. Any future in person work will be as and when it feels safe to do so, but in the meantime online counselling platforms I use are VSee, Wire and FaceTime primarily.


Beginning counselling can be challenging and a brave step to take, but it can also be really rewarding, and requires a commitment of time, money and the willingness to participate as fully as possible in order to get the best out of this experience, but developing awareness of self and the impact we have on others and others on us can be profoundly life changing. Being able to challenge ourselves and our views on life can fundamentally alter our mental and physical wellbeing. I provide an initial consultation in order to evaluate our therapeutic fit and there is no obligation beyond that appointment. It is charged at the same rate as all sessions.



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