Welcome to

Otus Counselling

Helping you through challenges and facilitating growth.

My practice

I believe that the key to effective counselling is the relationship which is built with the individual I am counselling. Therefore, I will seek to make you feel comfortable talking about your thoughts, feelings and actions. I aim to achieve this by providing a calm, non-judgmental atmosphere and by striving to see things from your perspective as much as possible.

You may find that empathy and non-judgmental listening are all you need on your journey to feeling much better. However, sometimes you may also benefit from the perspectives, suggestions and practical techniques that I can provide you with. I can equip you with tools that you can take from a counselling session and immediately start applying in your life.

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to counselling and, therefore, I believe it is important to have different skills to call upon to suit the unique individual I am counselling. If your difficulties are to do with an experience from your past, we can explore this together and work on ways to reduce the impact it has on how you feel in the present. However, it is clear to me that not everything is about the past – our every-day thoughts and actions contribute greatly to how we feel about the present and the future. I can help you replace unhelpful thoughts and actions to help you achieve a healthier, happier state of well-being.

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As your Counsellor

I will treat you as a unique individual by listening to how you are feeling and by seeking to understand you as best as I can. I will counsel you with respect and patience, and will never seek to ‘put you into a box’ or think that I have ‘figured you out’. Whatever you share with me will be treated with the utmost respect and with humility.

You may be sceptical about what counselling can do for you. I cannot guarantee that you will feel much better after a course of counselling with me. However, you may find it reassuring to know that I have shared in the great successes of many individuals whose lives have been significantly changed for the better by the effective counselling I have provided.

The results individuals achieve with me are reflected in the scores they record on well-being questionnaires (completed voluntarily at the beginning and end of counselling) and the highly-complimentary feedback I have received. For example, I have been described as ‘friendly’, ‘easy to talk to’, ‘intuitive’, ‘supportive’, ‘accepting’, ‘encouraging’ and ‘relatable’. Contact me for more information.

When you are going through a difficult time, you should be able to call upon a professional and approachable Counsellor to help you through whatever you are struggling with. I am confident that I can provide you with the kind and compassionate support that you deserve.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:


Panic attacks


Anger Management

Grief, Loss or bereavement



Low confidence or self-esteem

Distressing thoughts


Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works or to arrange your first counselling appointment with me.

Contacting me via phone or e-mail enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling and will help you decide whether I am the right Counsellor for you. If I am not able to answer your call (I may be in a session at the time), please leave a message for me and I will call you back as soon as I can.

To read more about my practice click here or contact me to find out more.

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