Building a Better life
Each client comes to me with an emotional problem. In some cases, it is a general feeling of unhappiness and lack of fulfilment. In other cases, it is much more specific and can involve emotional pain, anxiety, abusive behaviour, depression, compulsion, addiction, trauma, loss, etc. In every case, our work together is all about improving your state of emotional well-being and your experience of life. My goal is to help my clients find stability and balance that is sustainable and inevitably leads to a more fulfilling life experience. I offer each of my clients genuine concern, empathy and unconditional positive regard. It is my belief that everyone possesses an innate ability to grow as a person and to find fulfilment.
Working together, we will explore the problem areas of your life. l believe, deeply, in the underlying goodness of people, as well as the underlying ability of persons to overcome difficult emotional states and circumstances. I know from personal experience, that it is possible to change one’s life for the better. I offer compassionate and skilled support, designed to help my clients tap into their own inner reservoirs of strength, intelligence and capacity for change. Through counselling I offer help and guidance as we engage in the process of managing troublesome situations, problematic relationships, uncomfortable mental states and unmanaged compulsive behaviour. You, as much as anyone else on this planet, deserve to live a life of purpose, joy and fulfilment. It is my hope that, together, we can find a way forward for you that provides you with a new sense of freedom, balance and self-validation.
The First Meeting
The first meeting is all about getting to know each other and taking a first look at your particular issue. We will spend one hour discussing your situation and your goals. I will tell you a bit about myself and my ideas for your particular situation. If we feel the chemistry is solid and the desire to work together exists from both sides, then we can begin. The session price is €90.00 and sessions last one hour.
The Counselling Sessions
Counselling sessions will typically occur on a weekly or twice monthly basis. Counselling sessions run for one hour. I expect my clients to arrive on time and be prepared to finish on time. Counselling is a very individual process. What we talk about; the counselling techniques I employ; the goals we set; are all unique to each case. We will agree to a course of meetings that is subject to change depending on the circumstances of your particular case. You are free to stop the counselling sessions at any time. Any prepaid counselling hours will be refunded in full. In between face to face meetings, it is important to stay in touch via email, texting, chatting, by phone, etc. This is included, at no extra charge, with the face to face sessions. As we explore your problem, we will discuss approaches and formulate agreed upon goals.
I am not a doctor. I do not diagnose medical conditions or prescribe medication. Having a good doctor that one trusts, as part of treatment for various issues, such as depression, Alcohol Use Disorder, anxiety, etc., can be a huge help. If you are in need, I can recommend a highly qualified, respected and talented Estonian M.D. that can assist in medical diagnosis and prescription of any needed medication in relation to your problem.
Online Counselling and in-home Counselling
Ideally, I prefer meeting face to face in my counselling office in Kadriorg. My office in Kadriorg, in the city centre, is comfortable, private and ideally suited for counselling. However, I have worked with many people in the past via Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp and Facebook. I know from experience that online counselling can be just as effective as face to face counselling. For those unable to visit the office, for whatever reason, Online meetings can be arranged. I am also available to visit people in their homes, by special arrangement.
Privacy and Confidentiality
I take the issue of privacy very seriously. Everything that we discuss in counselling is confidential and will not be shared with any third parties. This is a very serious and important promise that I make to all my clients. The only exceptions that exist related to confidentiality are in extreme circumstances, such as when a client appears to be an immediate danger to himself or others, or if I am ordered by a court, to turn over my notes.
Getting a loved one or friend to Counselling
You may be visiting this site because you have a loved one or friend in need of help. It is very difficult to stand by and watch as someone you care about suffers. One thing to understand is that no one can be forced to receive counselling. In order for someone to benefit from counselling, they need to attend willingly. However, there are some things you can do to try and encourage someone to visit me.
First, I would suggest you inform your loved one or friend that I am not here to diagnosis them. I know a lot about counselling, emotional disorders and alcohol abuse and addiction. Perhaps I have some info that will help them understand for themselves where they are in relation to a specific problem. If they don’t like me or the process, they are free to leave any time.
And it is critical they understand that it is fine to try counselling for a time to see if it helps. If it doesn’t help, then they can walk away. Their old life will be waiting for them. But perhaps, if we can work together for a bit, the affected person can find joy in a new way of living, and develop a desire to continue on the path to a healthy, stable, fulfilling and purposeful life.