When most people think of the word 'LOSS', they normally associate the meaning with somebody who has suffered a bereavement. Suffering a bereavement is indeed one type of loss. There are also other types of losses.
I have worked as a bereavement/grief counsellor, a mental health counsellor and worked with women who have experienced domestic abuse. People normally contact me due to a several types of losses in their lives, which often bring up other relating issues for them. My role is to listen and help you process your thoughts and feelings.
I work with teenagers and adults, who have different lifestyles, beliefs, backgrounds and experiences, and who often bring issues around anxiety, depression, low mood, confusion, sexual orientation, bereavement, anger, loneliness, trauma and more.
I understand that there are people who feel they cant approach counsellors for support because, deep down, they fear judgment. Just be yourself. I welcome difference and offer empathy, compassion, understanding and over 8 years of counselling experience.
Online counselling allows flexibility and comfort in your own surroundings, and because the counselling is via video call, I can work with people in and out of Plymouth.
Types of loss
You might have experienced a loss recently or many years ago and it could still be affecting you now. Often we experience multiple losses-
Loss/Death - Expected or unexpected. This may be recent or historical (including pets)
Loss of relationship/s with Partner, family members or friends, divorce
Loss of self/ identity/personality through a traumatic experience and/or a significant change in your life
Loss of direction in life - unsure what to do
Loss of self worth and self belief
Loss of childhood through historical abuse; sexual, emotional, physical, neglect, toxic environment
Loss of ability through an accident, surgery or illness forcing a significant change
Loss of youth/time: struggling to live in the present, missing days gone,' living' in the past
Loss of authentic self- sexual orientation: struggling with sexual orientation or 'coming out' later in life.
Loss of usual relationship/connection with somebody who has dementia or addiction
Loss of connection with society as a whole.
Loss of community/moving home
Loss of usual lifestyle through having children or taking on the role of a carer
What type of Counselling do you offer?
How can I find out more?
I can be reached through email, text, WhatsApp or by calling. I also offer a free 20 minute consultation/chat over video call, which gives you an idea of what online counselling will look like. There is never any pressure to commit to counselling even after a consultation.
People process information differently, and have different lifestyles. In view of this, I offer sessions once a week, fortnightly or 'as and when' a session is required. Sometimes people see how they feel after each session. Each session is up to an hour long. I can offer long or short term therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is each session?
Feedback from clients
The type of counselling model I use is Person Centred Counselling, sometimes referred to as Client Centred Therapy or Person Centred Psychotherapy. It is a talking therapy that focuses on the client and their feelings. This type of therapy recognises individuality and uniqueness, and with my help, gives room for the client to explore their feelings around any issues they bring. I also use an integrative approach as I recognise that one style of counselling does not suit all.
I have worked with people who have anxiety, depression, low mood, anger, grief, fear, guilt, stress, shame and low self esteem/confidence.
I work using a trauma informed approach and have understanding of difference. I genuinely care about the people I work with. I'm also very aware that different people share at a different pace. I will never force a client to open up about issues they do not want to talk about.
Talking therapy is unique for each person due to individual experiences. Some people have an outpour of emotion, some share at a slower pace and some find it challenging to share at all. It's quite common for people to experience a range of emotions throughout sessions.
It's very common for clients to 'open up old wounds', an expression used when revisiting memories/experiences.
I have worked with people who have never had counselling before, and with people who have.
There is no one way to be. People deal with their losses in different ways and they also communicate in different ways; sometimes using humour or anger to express themselves. I will work with you to fit your communication style.
What video calling platform does counselling take place over, and what do I need?
Sessions are £45 each.
I usually use 'google meet'. You'll need a device and a good network signal. I do ask clients to find a quiet room/area where they will not be disrupted while in session. You'll also need an email address.
Dee Adams, MBACP
Plymouth Devon UK
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Registration no: 387865
My usual working days are Mondays and Tuesdays
(Session slots are dependant on availability)
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