At some time in our lives we all encounter problems and difficulties that we cannot face on our own. We need someone to talk to; someone outside of our usual circle of friends and family; someone who will listen, understand and help us to see a way forward.
Following 20 years of working in the NHS as a Nurse and then a Midwife I trained as a Counsellor and now have 13 years’ experience working with a variety of issues and situations. I work in an integrative way which means I draw on different models of counselling and use creative methods where these may seem helpful, in order to help you talk about and begin to sort through and process your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Counselling is often challenging and unsettling but can also be a time of real personal growth and development. It may enable you to move forward in your life where you may have been stuck before. An honest midwife will tell a woman that labour is hard work and can be tough, but with understanding, support and encouragement she will get through it. It’s the same with counselling. It is not necessarily easy, but it is always well worth the work.
I see clients one to one for both short and long term work and have an emphasis on working within the relationship developing trust and growing in honest and real communication. This increases their ability to deal with relationships and situations in all the different areas of their lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Experience
Qualified as a Nurse 1983 and as a Midwife 1986
Certificate in Counselling Skills 1998
Advanced Certificate in Counselling 2003
Advanced Diploma in Counselling 2006
Accredited Counsellor 2010
Diploma in Counselling Supervision 2013
I am accredited with the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) and am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I am bound by both of their codes of ethics and personal practice.
I have additional training as a Deep Release Counsellor where there is an emphasis on the use of creative tools and other such resources. I meet 6-8 weekly with a regional group of counsellors to further develop our skills and practice. I receive monthly supervision and regularly attend other professional development days.
I have trained in a Christian-based integrative model which draws from many of the counselling models such as cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, transactional analysis, and gestalt. These enable me to work with clients whilst also respecting a variety of faith backgrounds. I use a person centered approach, treating every client as a unique individual and tailoring my work style to their specific needs and preferences.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
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My sessions are one hour duration and cost £40. In some instances I will offer longer sessions when doing deeper work or if this is appropriate or helpful to the client. Fees will be negotiated.
A few years ago I was given an amazing gift of a cabin and this is now situated in my garden as my dedicated work space. It offers a wonderful, warm and peaceful environment in which to come and feel safe to relax and share your problems and issues. Get in touch and you can come and see for yourself.
Member of ACC.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I generally work Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri with some space for evening clients on a Monday & Tuesday. I do have some flexibility on this so feel free to ask if you have a particular request.
Types of client