I am a specialist counsellor for people living in small or rural communities. I offer counselling on a wide range of issues with an additional, in-depth knowledge of what it is like to live in a small, rural community.

From personal experience, I know how beautiful and life-enriching rural life can be. However, during distressing times the increased visibility in a small place may simply add to the distress you are feeling…

Life in the ‘goldfish bowl’

  • Do you feel like you’re living with the constant pressure to ‘be seen’ to keep going?
  • If people became aware of your struggles, would it break everything?
  • Perhaps you’re considering leaving your community but have no one to talk to without there being repercussions.
  • Maybe your working life or remote location leaves you no opportunity to connect with other people and make sense of your world?

If you identify with any of these feelings, I am glad you have found my website. I can offer you a confidential and compassionate space where you will be heard and can find a way forward.

Sometimes it is helpful to see a local counsellor face-to-face. However, it can also really help to work with someone who has a deep understanding of what it is like to live in a small community but who lives outside that situation. Counselling via telephone is a practical and therapeutic option. Whether you live on an oil rig or a farm in the hills, I can help you.

Specialist Counselling

I have undertaken additional specialist telephone counselling training to adapt my counselling practice to the telephone, to ensure that you feel as supported as you would with me in the therapy room.

In my experience, people get used to working via phone by the end of the first session. Indeed, some people find exploring thoughts and feelings easier without being seen by the counsellor. Telephone counselling also has the advantage that you can do it from your own home, provided you have private, uninterrupted space.

Not just rural communities

Although I have a particular interest in telephone counselling people who live in small or rural communities, I warmly welcome approaches from anyone for whom telephone counselling is a practical or preferred option. You may have caring responsibilities for young children or other relatives or you may have a disability. Alternatively, you may be a student living away from home for the first time and finding that transition difficult. Telephone counselling allows you access to high quality, professional counselling from your own home.

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