27 The Pyghtles
Before I tell you who I an as a counsellor, I would like to introduce myself as a person. I do this because I believe that the efficacy of a counsellor is dependent,mostly, on the relationship they develop with their client. Therefore, in order for you, as a client, to make an informed decision about who might suit you best you need to be able to get an idea of the kind of person a counsellor is.
I am a single mum and have been since my children were 1 and 4. They are now 4 and 8 and I counsel from home in my spare time around my main income as a librarian at the university library. For this reason my counselling environment is far from impersonal and bland but equally will come with the 'imperfections' that are inevitable wherever small people are present......Friends describe me as warm, easy to be with, intelligent and, of course, an excellent listener!! Outside of my work and parenting duties my interests include documentaries, reading, writing fiction and yoga. I also volunteer at the Nagarjuna Buddhist centre in Kekmarsh.
I became a counsellor mostly because I have natural skills that we're best put to use in this way. However, spending time getting to understand and see things from another's perspective also happens to be one of the things from which I get a deep personal satisfaction.
As a counsellor I draw from many different approaches in my work, depending on what I feel best suits the person in front of me at the time. I know a lot about mindfulness and meditation techniques and this often plays a large part in my methods.
I believe in the power of every individual, given the right support and guidance, to unlock their own resolutions. The answers that you, personally, need, are already available inside and require only to be extracted from within the cacophony of thoughts, feelings and experiences that are your inner world.
The primary tools of my job are respect for your outlook on life, deep empathy and, most importantly, a strong conviction that I can help you find your way. There are also many practical techniques and psychological insights that I can offer to you as I come from a long background in psychological study and work in the field of mental health.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology from The University of Wales. Bangor: 2001
Advanced Diploma in Counselling: Tresham College. Kettering
Volunteer counsellor, MIND, Rushden: 2004-2011
Volunteer Counsellor, Service 6: 2008-2009
Work history with brain injury, acute mental healthcare and dementia.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|