There maybe times in your life when things become overwhelming or confusing, where relatively small problems become real obstacles and you may find yourself really suffering inside that you cannot explain or come to terms with. Taking the first steps to meet with someone who maybe able to help is just the beginning but more often than not the most challenging step to take...
I am dedicated, experienced and professional in my work, I work hard to support you to enable you to see things more clearly & to focus on feelings, experiences and behaviour with an end goal to facilitate positive change and a sense of empowerment.
In a safe and confidential way,I can bring about new awareness, an understanding of yourself and any issues. Over the years, I have worked in a variety and range of situations, using my skills and experience to help others through periods of difficulty, self-development and transformation.
My journey has been far from easy. I come from a large and complex family background that has given me first hand experience of life's complications and I witnessed severe depression & mental health, high levels of anxiety, alcoholism and suicide, as I was growing up. I am now in my late 40's and have my own family that has thrown up a wide range of challenges and complications, as modern life and the pressures family and society can only do.
Training, qualifications & experience
Sometime ago I realsied that what I had witnessed was fairly common in today's society and I became committed to supporting others through difficult times, using both my first hand experience, professional methods, practices and qualifications.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and am a Member of The British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists. This means I adhere to a professional and ethical framework and am regularly supervised.
In addition, I have taken a range of courses to include;
- Understanding Abusive Relationships,
- Neuro Linguistic Programming,
- Working with Trauma & Disassociation,
- Safe Guarding Young People and Vulnerable Adults.
I am fully insured and have a clear DBS.
My career has included working in the Prison Service HMP Exeter as a family liaison officer, helping to support the families of prisoners through difficult periods and in particular with the absence of a family member. I have also played a part in the NHS, working in two departments; The Gender & Sexual Medicine Clinic and The Depression and Anxiety clinic.
I am currently working at The Zone in Plymouth, which is the largest youth organisation in Devon, supporting 13 to 25 year olds through difficult times involving issues such as;
- Suicide Tendencies
- Low Self-Esteem
- dealing with and living with ADHA and Autism.
I have also supported a range of people, of all ages, through complex family issues, such as;
- Domestic Violence
- Panic Attacks
- Sexual Abuse
- Body Confidence
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
I am very aware of today's life pressures that are born from social media activities and the sense that one has to conform.
I feel privileged in my work that you are comfortable and reassured enough to share some of your most difficult challenges and issues with me and I strive at all times to assist you to improve your circumstance, have a more fulfilling and rewarding life.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
If you would like to contact me to see if I am the right person & find out whether I could support you then please call me today on 07710 788468.
- one hour individual adult session £45
- one hour young person session £40
My work involves a range of different therapies and skills, I treated you as an individual allowing for autonomy and I provide a safe confidential space for us to gently explore any issues. I will respect your vulnerably in a caring non-judgemental way and help you recognise your strengths so that you can have a choice to change if that is what is right for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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