Welcome. Seeking help can be daunting and it may be difficult to know where to start. The first step you've already taken, here on this website. If you would like just to talk to someone to find out a little more about counselling then I would welcome your call.
Then, if you would like to take a next step, I offer a free 60 minute initial session where we can explore together what brings you to counselling and whether we felt that we could work together.
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, confused or low about issues in your life, counselling can allow you space to explore, giving you a chance to build a better understanding of yourself and your relationships.
The type of counselling I offer can be either open-ended or short-term, sometimes of a fixed number of sessions. I work with adults of all ages, young and more mature. I offer space to explore and welcome the opportunity to work with specific often deep seated issues (some of the types of issues are noted here in my profile). However, some feelings can't be named and the reasons behind them aren't obvious, these too can be explored and identified over time.
I work in a way that is confidential, respectful and thoughtful. My training is from the psychodynamic model and I work with this knowledge, offering counselling that emphasises the importance of the relationship between client and counsellor whilst using skills and techniques that are appropriate for each individual.
Counselling is not for everyone, and not every counselling relationship works, but when it does work it can be and often is, life-changing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BA (Hons) and obtained a diploma in in psychodynamic counselling with Wessex Counselling Service. I am a registered member of both BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), and BPC (the British Psychoanalytic Council). I hold a current Government Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.
My work is centred in the standards set out in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and participate in regular, ongoing Continuing Professional Development.
I have combined my private practice with a range of voluntary activity, including volunteering within the courts system. Latterly I have been working as a volunteer counsellor for a local not-for-profit organisation. During my earlier career, I worked in marketing and personnel management, training and well-being for 20 years.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Our initial consultation of 60 minutes is free and I offer weekly sessions at £45 per session.
I practice in Sturminster Newton and Dorchester and can offer morning or early evening appointments.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments available by arrangement in both Sturminster Newton and Dorchester. I have some limited availability before 9am and until 8pm.
Types of client