The Paul Bower Centre
123 Church Road
“No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
We all need to feel heard, not judged, not told what to do. Being listened to, feeling seen for who we are, can be of great help in times of turmoil.
Counselling is all about listening, sometimes to what is not even being said. As a counsellor I have no agenda except your welfare, development and insight, to help you find the path which best suits you. Crucial to this is developing a trusting, consistent relationship within which we can explore far and wide, whilst remaining safe and contained.
I have always been interested in the stories we tell, both to ourselves and others. The words we use can be as solid and unmoveable as concrete, keeping us stuck in a place which we no longer recognise; a place which neither suits us, or even want to be in. Counselling can help us find new words, new ways of seeing ourselves in the world.
I offer a relational approach within a framework involving equals. I have joined many in finding their own path and continually find new ones opening up for me. My foundation is psychodynamic; however, I am influenced by a number of humanistic philosophies and hold the therapeutic relationship as the bedrock of beneficial counselling.
I am mindful of the holistic approach to therapy, engaging self care, helping to bring mind and body into greater harmony, leading to clearer thinking and progression.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling - University of Kent
Certificate in Counselling - University of Kent
Introduction to Counselling - Westminster Pastoral Foundation
BA Comb. Hons. Film, Drama and English - University of Reading
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I practice according to the Association's Code of Practice and Ethical Framework. I am currently clinical manager at a community counselling service.
My background is in Arts and Media and I use these professional skills in addition to therapeutic training to inform my listening, giving my practice a wide range and depth of reference when exploring issues. I have varied and inclusive experience of cultural difference and feel comfortable working within these areas.This often adds a freshness of viewpoint, leading to counselling which can be seen as highly individual. The evolving respect and trust encourages clients to tackle difficulties and find their own pace and solutions.
I have extensive experience counselling in different settings: private practice, IAPT at GP surgeries, voluntary and private sectors. I have worked with a wide range of issues including identity, trauma, suicidal thoughts, depression, addictive behaviours, eating disorders, bereavement, low self esteem and many manifestations of psychological difficulties.
I continually work and develop both personally and professionally, attending workshops, lectures and embracing possibilities that encourages me to expand insight and awareness of myself and others.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- 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)
- Postnatal depression
I charge £40 per session and offer concessionary rates to trainee counsellors on approved BACP courses.
An initial telephone session is offered to discuss and answer any questions you may have about my approach an practice and other practical arrangements.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Flexibility around day, time and venue in Ashford and Canterbury
Types of client