Why people seek counselling and how it can help -
We as humans strive to understand the world we live in and the events that happen and when this cannot be achieved it can feel uncomfortable to deal with. This is also the case when we do not understand ourselves, what we are experiencing or feeling which can feel a lonely, confusing and uncomfortable place.
How I work -
I create a safe, non-judgemental, supportive, confidential and nurturing space cushioning the process of exploration to gain understanding of what you are experiencing. This brings awareness of self and autonomy of choice, nurturing change and leading to movement within your life.
I work from a Humanistic Person Centred and Adlerian stance. However, I follow an integrative approach which means I offer other theories and techniques which is felt would work with your individual needs, (these are stated below in Any further information). This allows the work to be as unique as you are, working together we discover what feels right for you providing the best support to face what it is you are experiencing.
I believe in an holistic approach to thereapy strongly believing what we carry in our minds is felt within our bodies. Counselling breaks this down but to aid the body and mind whilst doing so I offer relaxation using 'Autogenics'. This is a deep relaxation technique which restores balance to the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) branches of the brain which has great benefits for mind and body.
To utilise my depth of qualification and knowledge of business in the private and public sectors I offer Employment Assisted Programs (EAP). Having worked in administration roles through to management I have an understanding to what these roles can bring to individuals working alone or in team settings .
I offer a free 15 to 30 minute inital discussion to explore what it is you are experiencing and the best way we can work together for your needs, there is no pressure you are then free to choose if you wish to work with me.
I offer short and long term work depending on what it is you wish to explore. This is your work and you set the pace and duration of the work all I ask is that I am given at least one sessions notice if you wish to stop.
About me -
I have worked within Social Housing for 18 years dealing with a huge range of social issues and complex needs. Following this I worked in an educational environment for children and young adults with a wide spectrum of needs from reduced learning abilities to profound and complex medical and psychological conditions.
I counsel with Place2Be in a school setting providing counselling for primary aged children.
I counsel at St Michaels Hospice providing counselling for patients, staff and extended family members of those facing life limiting illnesses and life altering conditions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Profesional Post Grad Higher Diploma in Counselling Practice (Humanistic with a Psychodynamic contrast).
Certificate in Theory of Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling Skills.
An Introduction to Adlerian Counselling.
Introduction to Communication and Counselling Skills.
BA (Hons) Business Studies.
Additional Counselling Training -
Working with young people who Self Harm.
Attachment Theory & Self Awareness in the Counsellor.
Children's Emotional Wellbeing.
Working with Metaphor.
Trauma and Recovery.
Understanding and working with the effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Understanding of Alcoholism and the Alcoholic mind.
Working with Early Memories.
Professional bodies and Insurance details -
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and bound by their Ethical Framework.
I have an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate through the Disclosure & Barring Servies (DBS) which is registered with their online service, this is required when working with vulnerable groups.
I am fully insured with Holistic Services Insurance, Member type - Counselling & Psychotherapy, documents can be viewed on request.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Communication difficulties in relationships either personal or professional.
Employment Assisted Programmes.
Life limiting illnesses/conditions and terminal diagnosis.
Life altering conditions for example Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease.
Loss and bereavement of self for example following redundancy, loss of a business, ageing.
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Individual Counselling £35 per hour.
Reduced Fees are available for Counselling Students and for those on low incomes of which a limited number of spaces can be offered, please contact me for further information.
Should you wish to cancel an appointment I will need a full 24 hours notice, if this is not given the full fee will be charged and payable by you.
If you wish to rearrange an appointment I will need at least 24 hours notice, if the appointment cannot be rearranged within the same working week the full fee will be charged and payable by you.
Additional type of Therapy offered -
Theories and skills used in my work -
Autogenics - deep relaxation.
Breathing and relaxation techniques good for anxiety/stress and sleeping problems.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.
Gestalt (two chair work).
Transactional Analysis (communication and any relationship issues, also good for work relationships).
Egan stepped approach 123 (1 - exploration of issues, 2 - choices, 3 - execution plan of choices).
Symbolism (artefacts) use of objects in therapy work.
Motivational Interviewing - good for clarity of what is and an aid to decision making.
PARKING and Disabled access.
There is plenty of parking which is free.
Access to therapy room is separate, no steps and low threshold which aids access for anyone with reduced mobility.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexable hours day and night. Online counselling, telephone and home visits available, please call to discuss.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|