41 Bridge Street
If you are looking at my page, chances are you are seeking a therapist who can accompany you on your journey to find some answers, or to help you make some changes in your life. I know how hard it can be to take that first step and make the initial contact, but recognising that you need some help and asking for it are not signs of weakness, they are signs of strength, and that call may be the first step on the road to equilibrium and enjoying a much improved quality of life.
Whatever issues you are facing, I believe that we human beings have an inbuilt set of resources at our disposal to help us get the most out of life. Unfortunately, the stresses and strains of living in the 21st century often mean that these resources become hidden or forgotten about. My role is to help you discover, or rediscover and use these resources to your best advantage to alleviate your distress and to facilitate change. Together we can explore your options. Whilst I am not claiming to have all the answers, I am committed to listening without judgement and to help you identify areas where maybe a different perspective could be useful. We can all become entrenched in thoughts and behaviours that may have been useful if the past, but which now no longer serve us. Bringing these into awareness and focus can often facilitate the changes we are looking for.
Although I initially trained as a person-centred counsellor, my experience has taught me that the uniqueness of each human being requires a unique approach for each person, so it is quite likely that I will introduce other perspectives and ways of working from the 'toolbox', such as CBT or Transactional Analysis and maybe some creative activities too. I also find that understanding the way mind and body work together can be a powerful kick-starter for change, so some simplified explanations, for example, what happens physiologically when a panic attack or flashback is experience, may be offered.
Like everyone else, I am only human but I do offer clients my integrity, honesty, support and encouragement and, where appropriate, my sense of humour. Yes! Laughter can be extremely therapeutic in the right moment and really does have a place in the counselling room.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified in 2009 with a BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I also have a Level 3 qualification in supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse, with OCN West Midlands Region. I practiced counselling for several years in a supported housing project for young people aged 16 to 25, and currently work within an organisation supporting survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse. Recent training has included issues around self harm, eating disorders, understanding flashbacks, awareness of dissociation, online therapy and creative ways of working in counselling.
Here is my Charter for Clients:
- I will listen without judgement and offer you the space and support to explore whatever is troubling you
- I will help you to identify and cope with difficult feelings so that you can make choices and discover how best to help yourself
- I am here to support and guide - not to rescue and take over. This work is about rediscovering your own resources and making them work for you
- Although we will work at a pace you are comfortable with, my aim is to make myself 'redundant' in the shortest possible time for you
- I am committed to providing you with a high quality professional service to help you develop your potential and optimise your quality of life
- I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for best practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- 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
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please note: that all the boxes provided by Counselling Directory have been ticked. This is because I work with the person coming to me for help, and whatever they bring. I see the person, not their diagnostic label. Although I am fully aware that a diagnosis can sometimes be of use, for example to gain access to financial support or benefits, I strongly disagree with this way of viewing emotional distress. I believe that there are better, more empowering ways to gain understanding, and I actively campaign to challenge the disease model narrative of diagnosis and disorder.
£35 per session.
If you are a student or have limited funds, it may be possible to offer a discount on the normal fee (subject to availability). Please don't hesitate to ask about this when you make contact.
Please give me a call or send an email if you think I might be the right counsellor for you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|