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Counselling challenges the notion that we should cope with everything all of the time.

Talking to a counsellor is sometimes seen as a sign of weakness. I believe it is a sign of strength, being able to face up to things you are finding difficult rather than just pretending it is all going to be alright.

You may share your worries with friends and family who offer valuable support but talking to someone outside your normal circles

can help you feel you are not burdening someone. Having a place to go where you feel accepted without judgement, talking to someone qualified and skilled can make a big difference.

My name is Joanna Farmer, I am a qualified counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). My private practice is located in central Stroud, Gloucestershire.

You may have found your way here because you are going through difficult personal or relationship issues. You may be experiencing distress, anxiety and emotion about a situation or feeling vulnerable and have low self esteem. It may be that you feel lost and depressed and are struggling to understand how you feel that way. Counselling offers you an opportunity to feel less isolated in your problems and sometimes just having the space to talk helps some people find a way forward.

It can be daunting task to call or email someone you don't know to discuss something so private that you may have never talked about it with anyone else. When choosing a counsellor it can be tricky to know how to find the right one. In these pages I will tell you a bit about me, the way I work and what to expect from counselling. I hope my site will help you with your decision to find a counsellor.