Counselling can be helpful for a number of different life difficulties such as anxiety, depression and relationship issues. Often in life we need to re-think or re-evaluate where we are going or who we are - you do not have to be in crisis for counselling to be of help to you.
I become a counsellor around 16 years ago and I have experienced many of the problems a full and busy life can give you. I wantled to support other people in making good life choices and to live happy and fulfilling lives free from difficulties that restrict them.
Becoming a counsellor meant completing many years of training and I completed my first Diploma which was based on Carl Rogers Person Centred approach in 2002.
I continued to study Eric Bern’s Transactional Analysis (TA) which is an easy to understand model of communication based on the idea we can all learn how to understand why we act and think in a certain way when other people are around us. It’s helpful in both professional and personal relationships that feel difficult for some reason and we just can’t seem to fathom out why.
More recently I have completed an Integrative Diploma in Counselling which means I use a number of well know approaches in my work. These include the Person Centred approach (PC), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I also use mindfulness techniques to help support a person’s well being and use mediation myself to help me become more aware of the present moment and to relax and enjoy some quiet time.
I currently work as a school counsellor as well as having my own personal practice at home which is on the outskirts of Didcot in Oxfordshire.
I have an interest in the difficulties of parents looking after children with additional support needs and how these affect the whole family.
I have also worked for a number of organizations supporting young people and victims of crime as well as mothers experiencing difficult feelings after the birth of a child.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Therapy) and have a full CRB (police) check.
My home is assessable by wheelchair and also has downstairs bathroom facilities for wheelchair users. My counselling room is on the first floor but it is possible to use a ground floor room for sessions if this is required.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are as follows
- Certificate in Counselling
- Diploma in the Facilitation of Personal Development
- Foundation Year Transactional Analysis
- Year Two Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
- Year Three Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
I have over fifteen years’ experience working with young adults, child and family services as well as victims of crime. Currently I work within schools supporting and counselling the families of service personal.
I myself use mindfulness meditation and teach this as part of my practice for those interested in learning this gentle technique.
I am also trained in peer counselling and personal development and run local and national workshops to support the network.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- 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
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- 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
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
My Fees are £48.00 but are on a sliding scale for those needing financial help. Fees for couples requiring joint sessions are £65.00 and this may be negotiated for those needing financial help also.
Normal cancellation policy applies and this is discussed in the initial session.
Currently sessions are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening and various times Friday day and evenings.
Parking is possible either on the drive or directly outside my house.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments last for 50 minutes and please contact me for available dates and times. From Monday 7th November 2016 daytime appointments will also be available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|