Life brings with it challenges and difficulties, and at times these can become overwhelming. Sometimes things just don’t seem right, we may feel angry, anxious or sad but don’t really know why. We can become ‘stuck’ in a way of life, a relationship or a career that is no longer rewarding. It can be difficult to talk these issues through with those who are closest to us, but equally the prospect of counselling may seem quite daunting. I understand this, and work in a warm, relational, humanistic way, offering my clients the opportunity to talk things through in a safe and confidential environment with someone who is empathic and non-judgemental.
Do you feel stressed, worried, depressed, angry, confused, lost? Suffering from work-related problems, relationship difficulties, panic attacks, general anxiety? Does is seem that life has lost its spark? You can’t see the wood for the trees? Talking things through with a trained professional can help you find your way.
I offer general counselling to those over 18, on a short or long term basis, for a wide range of issues, such as life changes, relationships, work, low self-confidence, anxiety, stress, and bereavement. Counselling may help you to understand how what happened in the past has affected what is happening today, and how that knowledge may, if you choose, help you change what happens in the future.
I also have a great interest in the human-companion animal bond, and understand how important a part our pets play in our lives. I offer counselling for pet-related issues, such as re-homing, treatment options, when to say goodbye, and pet bereavement.
45% of UK households now include a pet, and to many of us they are members of the family. We love them, and this strong emotional attachment can cause problems if, for instance, a pet goes missing or has to be put to sleep. We can suffer guilt at making the decision, and feel the same grief at the loss of our pet as at the loss of any other family member or close friend. People may not understand the grief that can be felt when we lose a pet, and this can add to the feelings of loss. These feelings can be talked through in confidence with someone who really does understand.
I am also able, after an initial assessment, to offer animal assisted therapy with my therapy dog, Border Collie Danny. The presence of an animal in the therapy room can be very relaxing!
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis, accredited by the BACP and validated by the University of Middlesex.
I also hold the following:
- L2 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling awarded by the CPCAB
- L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills awarded by the CPCAB
- L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies awarded by the CPCAB
- Certificate of Transactional Analysis 101 awarded by the Institute of Transactional Analysts.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the Society for Companion Animal Studies.
I have worked with adults of all ages for a wide range of issues, and am committed to improving the quality of my service by attending regular clinical supervision sessions, and by ongoing professional development. Workshops attended include:
- Animal assisted therapy
- Companion animal loss
- Family constellations
- Guided imagery and visualisation
- NLP and EFT
- Psychosexual therapy
- Schizophrenia and hearing voices
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Animal assisted therapy
Counselling for pet owners
£45 per 50-minute session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments available daytime and evenings
Types of client