I qualified as a counsellor in 2003. Since this time I have been working with people for over 12 years who have experienced emotionally difficult times. I have experienced and witnessed how fulfilling and liberating therapy can be. I began counselling because I wanted to help individuals explore ways of living a more fulfilling life which can be difficult at times as life sometimes gets in the way and we can feel lost.
I have set up two successful counselling services, one in the community and one with a Criminal Justice Setting and also work privately.
About my service.
I work from a clinic that provides other services within the community. Car parking is available.
I offer long and short term counselling. My role is to provide you with a safe space. A warm and non judgemental setting to help you explore all aspects of you and your life. I feel it is important for you to feel the freedom to be yourself in our sessions.
I am very passionate and commited to my work. I believe in the process of therapy and the people I see. Therapy in the beginning can sometimes feel a little difficult. Some are scared of the unknown and what lies on the other side of therapy. Many may try to put difficulties to one side and find distractions which sometimes helps. Some feel that we should be strong enough to get through difficult times by ourselves and not burden others. However our bodies are very clever and it can do this for only so long. Eventually it takes it's toll on our well being. Consequently our mood, motivation, thoughts, decision making, tolerance, relationships and many other aspects of our lives can become affected. Our heads can feel so full that it makes thinking clearly very difficult and in some cases impossible. We can then feel 'stuck'.
With the right therapist this can be changed. A counsellor is not here to offer you advice but to guide you in the direction you choose to lead. It is an opportunity to explore you and your needs and what gets in the way for you.
I am currently at the end of a Certificate in Coaching and a member of the BACP Coaching Division. In Coaching sessions the focus will be on you taking the present and considering how this can enhance your future. Exploring what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it. Many of us have so many ideas about goals and aspirations in life but find life can take over and we can become distracted. This service is about assisting you reach your full potential. I can work with individuals or organisations.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience of working with people who have experienced loss, bereavement, abuse, marriage and relationship difficulties, people affected by drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, cultural difficulties, domestic violence, anxiety and depression, poor self esteem and confidence, and offending behaviour. I have experience of working withh people who have been diagnosed with PTSD, ADHD and Asperger's.
I have great knowledge and experience around individuals and families who have become dependent on illegal substances, alcohol and prescribed medication such as depressants, benzodiazipines and pain killers. I have helped many people who have turned to such substances in the past as they felt it has masked the pain of other underlying issues, but not taken the pain away. Dealing with the underlying cause has helped individuals to understand their thoughts and feelings and find new ways of coping and managing.
Advanced Diploma in Counselling. I trained in a Person Centred Approach and researched many other Humanistic Theories. I draw upon my knowledge, experience and intuition to help you find your way. You are all individuals and I have no set prescription as the same prescription would not be suitable for all.
Certificate in Substance Misuse. I have a level 3 Certificate in Tackling Substance Misuse. This has helped me understand the effects upon the brain, a better understanding of addiction, and how therapy helps.
Continued Personal Development
Currently working towards a Certificate in Life Coaching
Currently working towards BACP Accreditation
I have attend and continue to attend other courses relevant to my work. These include...
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Seeds for Effective Change
I have a Supervisor who I see once a month for 1.5 hours which is a requirement of the BACP (British Association for Counsellor and Psychotherapists).
I also coachr who I choose to see independently. I feel in order for me to help others and help you find your way in life I have a personal responsibility to make sure I am functioning to my best ability in aspects of my life too.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
£35 per session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes, evenings and weekends
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|