Counselling with Rob Brown Counsellor in Westerham, Kent

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Counselling for Self-esteem and Confidence

How I can help you with issues around self-esteem and confidence
One of the aims of counselling is to enable you to gain awareness and insight around repeated patterns in your life that are causing conflict within you or with others. Very often issues around a lack of self-esteem or self-belief can really impact on how at ease you are with yourself and the world around you.

I think of confidence as being self-esteem or self-belief 'in action' - i.e. something others can see. Only you can truly know your interior world and what it is like to be you living your life.

If you feel you are struggling to relate to yourself and to others, or that you are not reaching your full potential, I have experience of helping people to address issues around self-esteem and confidence.

I think particularly this is where psychosynthesis counselling, an approach I am trained in, can really help...

Psychosynthesis counselling
It offers a way of exploring those aspects of ourselves that are in conflict with each other. Psychosynthesis looks at the internal blocks that hold us back from living life fully.

With self-esteem and confidence issues, this might play out for example in the conflict between the self-doubter within you and the part of you that longs for something different.

Very often we can compare ourselves unfavourably to others, thinking they have it all, without having solid evidence to know how they truly feel about themselves. This can keep us artificially small in believing that we are perhaps the only ones who don't have our lives fully worked out.

My approach
As a psychosynthesis counsellor my approach involves sensitively exploring issues through discussion and sensitive questioning and, where appropriate, perhaps working creatively with guided visualisations, drawing, imagery and dreams.

I work in the way that best suits each individual and so my focus is less about techniques and more about the importance of the therapeutic relationship.

My initial aim is to enable people to gain an expanded awareness around difficult thoughts and feelings and how these might be holding them back. With increased awareness comes the possibility of thinking about ourselves and our lives differently, and making different choices in how to move forward.

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