My name is Simon Forsyth and I am a counsellor, psychotherapist and lecturer. I am also an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) and the UK’s National Counselling Society (NCS).
I am an integrative therapist with a strong humanistic foundation. This means that while I may draw on ideas and techniques from various modes of therapy as best suits the needs of the client, the backbone of my work is firmly based on the ideals of humanistic approaches such as Person-centred Therapy. The core value of such approaches is the belief that everyone has an in-built capacity to grow and find their place in the world, while at the same time recognising that we may need a bit of help to do this.
Working with a counsellor gives you a confidential space where you can be yourself. Whatever it is that you are struggling with or wanting to explore can be brought into the room and kept safe there for as long as you need. We all have ups and downs in our lives – some that go on for longer than others – but the counselling relationship acknowledges that we are all unique, and will react to different situations in different ways.
My aim is to offer you an accepting, non-judgemental environment where you are really listened to, where you can grow, and where you can find your own answers, in your own time.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help bring clarity and change to many different kinds of situations, including but by no means limited to:
- Depression and anxiety
- Sexuality, identity and LGBTQ issues
- Grief and loss
- Family and relationship difficulties
- Self-esteem, body image and shame
- Traumas, such as sexual abuse and bullying
- Overwhelming feelings, such as anger, hurt and self-loathing