Within Red Roof Clinic
Life can feel very difficult, confusing and painful at times. Is there something, or someone, you are finding hard to accept? Do you want to make changes, but are unsure how to go about it? Feeling stuck? I'd really like to help you.
I am a fully qualified, experienced and insured counsellor offering a confidential and non-judgemental service to adults and young people. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.
I absolutely love my job and feel privileged to work with the many special people who choose to come for counselling with me. I respect that it's not easy to make the decision to ask for help, so don't worry, I will do my best to put you at your ease.
My counselling approach is integrative with a mainly humanistic focus. You do the talking; I mostly listen. However, I may incorporate elements of mindfulness, or use creative techniques such as drawing, or using stones or buttons. You may even find yourself singing or playing music if it aids your therapy. Together we can choose the best methods to help you. I am here purely for YOU. This is your safe space where you can talk about whatever you need to say and know that you will be heard.
I can help you with a wide range of issues including anxiety, panic attacks, stress, depression, feeling sad, relationships and families.
MY SPECIALIST INTEREST: is working with Grief and Loss. No one is immune to loss. I certainly haven't been, so I do understand just how devastated and alone you may feel. Your emotions may feel very chaotic and distressing. You wonder whether your feelings are normal. When will this hurt end?
Grief is as unique as you are. Each person will be affected by their loss in their own individual way; and that's okay. I am here to give you a safe outlet to express your thoughts and feelings and to help you find some peace and clarity.
It is so rewarding for me to be able to witness a client's transformation as they go through their indvidual counselling journey. I will work patiently alongside you; always mindful of letting you drive your own pace so you don't feel rushed. I try to create a trusting,caring,compassionate,environment where you can talk to me in the knowledge that you are being "held."
Clients tell me that being able to regain some control over a situation where it had seemed there was very little control, can feel so wonderfully empowering. I wonder if this could be you?
Many think Grief and Loss only covers bereavement because of a death, but it also encompasses those sometimes very difficult transition periods such as moving or leaving school, “empty nest,” divorce, illness, change of job, redundancy or retirement. You may not believe this now, but out of pain, there can also be some gain - such as immense self-discovery and personal growth. I'd say that gives some hope, don't you?
I have a personal and professional interest in helping ladies who feel they are struggling with the emotional impact of the menopause. Let me help you understand what is going on for you.
If you like what you have read and think I could help you, do contact me (Telephone,Email or Text) as I'd love to hear from you.
What happens next?
I have a lovely,relaxing therapy room where we can arrange to meet. It will give us the chance to get to know each other and decide whether we want to work together. I'll ask you what brings you to counselling right now and ask you some background information. We will discuss and agree how I may help you. Please feel free to ask me any questions. I want you to feel absolutely sure that I am the right counsellor for you.
Counselling could be your gift to yourself - help you to live a more balanced and fulfilling life. You are worth it.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally trained as a classical musician, but realised it wasn't the life for me. It took courage to admit this and for a time I felt a bit lost. I've spent a lot of my working life enjoying what I've done, but nothing totally fulfilled me. Something was always missing. Redundancy produced a "carpe diem" opportunity to retrain as a counsellor. It was an "eureka moment" and I've never looked back!
I have gained a fantastic wealth of experience working for St Barnabas Hospice, the YMCA, LCMS and Citizens Advice.Today, I work in private practice, but still keep up some voluntary work with Cruse.
I value the opportunity to receive regular supervision and engage in any relevant personal development to further my knowledge and skills. I endeavour to comply with the rigorous standards that are required of me as a Registered Member of the BACP. It is very important to me that you feel safe working with me and that I provide a competent, ethical counselling service for all my clients.
- AQA Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- British Psychological Society Accredited Certificate in Clinical Supervision (Essential Supervision Skills)
- Cruse Supervision Certificate
- Safeguarding Adults at Risk
- Safeguarding - Awareness of child abuse and neglect
- Safeguarding Children from Abuse through Sexual Exploitation
- safeTALK suicide awareness
- Cruse Awareness in Bereavement Care
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Grief and Loss
Death of a pet
Young People (aged 14-18) £30
Personal therapy for Trainee Counsellors £30
All sessions are 1 to 1 for up to 50 minutes.
Please don't let cost deter you. You may be eligible to apply for funding towards your counselling (Terms & Conditions apply).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointments - daytime,evenings and Saturday appointments available. Please ask- If I can,I will.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|