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I consider the relationship we form together in our sessions as the foundation in providing a safe environment to support you to explore any difficulties you are experiencing. This means ensuring you feel able to be the centre of the process deciding what you would like to bring to sessions, the pace at which we work, and any changes you may want to make in your life as a result of our time together.
Different therapists offer different ways of working and it's important to find someone who you feel comfortable and can make a connection with. My way of working is integrative which means that I place our relationship at the centre of our work together and also draw from other models. I have a particular interest in working with people who have experienced relational trauma and abuse and this informs my work using frameworks from attachment and trauma models to help support arising difficulties such as anxiety and depression, low self esteem, shame and difficulties forming trusting, safe relationship.
Often we can use our relationship as a basis to understand how you feel and respond in other relationships in your day to day life as we all develop different ways of being and coping with others. We can use our relationship as a safe place to try our different ways of responding and being. I will also offer you the opportunity to explore how you relate to yourself as many of us can be very self critical and experiencing empathy and care within the therapeutic relationship can help in developing greater self compassion and freedom.
Initial Safety and Resources
Sometime the work will involve aspects which are difficult for you and may bring up unexpected emotions. I will allow you to direct the pace at which we work we will work together to help you develop strategies to make you feel safe. This may involve:
- Building our initial relationship by providing a non judgemental, empathic space for reflection without feeling a need to please others before we look at deeper issues.
- Sharing information to increase understanding of how we respond to different situations, for example how we/ our bodies are designed to cope with trauma, anxiety or maintaining relationships, explore what this means for you and how to develop new coping strategies.
- Identifying and supporting self care and relaxation activities.
Exploring and making sense of whatever you want to work on
In some cases this may involve talking about things that you are finding difficult are making sense of whats going on, links to past experience and considering different perspectives and options. However it can sometimes be helpful to work in different ways using other means of expression eg drawing, metaphors or exploration of sensations and emotions to develop a greater understanding of yourself and trust in your own intuition.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as my private practice I also work in the the voluntary sector supporting clients who have experienced relational issues, domestic violence, sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect, ptsd, bereavement, anxiety and depression and other related mental health problems. Prior to this I have worked within the NHS IAPT service with general referrals from GPS across a range of issues.
In addition to my role as a counsellor I have volunteered for Samaritans receiving and responding to calls and emails from clients.
Before becoming a counsellor I have a background in the engineering and industry and have many years experience mentoring and supporting colleagues with workplace issues, transitions and developmental needs.
Diploma in Integrative Counselling 2014
Accredited member BACP ( British Association of Counsellors snd Psychotherapist) and NCS ( National Counselling Society)
Cruse Bereavement Awareness Course 2014
Samaritans Listener Training 2011
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
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£40 per 60 minute session
How do I decide if you are the right therapist for me/ whats the first session like ?
Its really important to choose the right therapist for you ie someone you feel comfortable with, who has the correct experience to support you and works in a way that meets your needs.
Our first session is an opportunity for us to start to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions you may have. I also take some time in this session to explore how things are for you right now, what you would like to work on and whether we feel we can work with each other.
If you feel at the end of this session that you aren't sure whether to book further sessions please feel free to ask more questions or look round for other therapists too.
How often/ how long would we meet for?
Sessions last for 60 minutes and are usually on a weekly basis at a regular time slot where this is practicable. I offer open ended therapy with the actual number of sessions you require being discussed at the initial session and reviewed periodically throughout our work together.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday 0930 -1900 Tuesday 0930-1900 Wednesday 1500-2000
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|