My Approach

Hello, my name is Shelagh and I am a registered counsellor and I practice a person-centred approach to counselling. This approach means that I view you, the client, as the expert of your own world. I understand that it can be difficult to make the decision to come to counselling and that you feel vulnerable. If you are looking for professional counselling in Eltham, look no further.

I’m interested in finding out what’s ‘happened to you’, not what’s ‘wrong’ with you.

Counselling allows us to explore our personal history within the context of our lives and examine our inner thoughts and feelings. At times, this process can feel a bit like prising open a Russian Matryoshka Doll, each layer inside the doll can represent painful aspects of ourselves.

Counselling isn’t about learning to think positively or exercising greater self-discipline, it’s about starting to really listen to what your instincts are telling you.

I provide a safe and comfortable private space where you can express yourself without fear or judgement. Through this gentle work, you will find solutions to your own problems and together, we will work to help you to build a sense of independence, courage and self-confidence and explore new pathways.

I work transparently within an ethical framework based on trust, to create a strong and equal relationship between my clients and myself. I believe this solid foundation allows for effective therapy to take place.