I provide a compassionate yet challenging confidential counselling service and work with you on any issues and problems that you bring. I use my integrity, intuition and intention to help you reach the core of your issues and fulfill your potential.
As a humanistic counsellor I view the whole of you as being important - body, mind, emotions, spirit and soul. The space is yours to talk about whatever you need to express. I listen with all of myself to all that you are saying with your words, gestures and feelings. This attention to the here-and-now keeps the work we are doing together very much alive.
If you are troubled by behaviours, such as addictions or anger management, or physiological symptoms, such as anxiety or panic attacks, then we may do some specific work on these to assist you in gaining control over them.
Talking about your current problems may lead us to make links with unresolved events from the past. Often these are continuing to impact on you in the present. Exploring these past events, such as abuse, trauma, bereavement, can result in resolving and healing them, so that they can be laid to rest. Having undergone training in working with trauma, I am even more aware of how our bodies hold vital information about our past experiences. Giving attention to our embodied experience in the present can facilitate changing stuck and often unhelpful patterns.
Invariably what happens between us in the therapy room is a reflection of how you are in your life. We can use this information to help shed light on how you can make changes in your relationships with others.
Because everyone is different I tailor my approach accordingly. For instance, I may use cognitive-behavioural therapy, gestalt, assertiveness training, focusing - and inspiration in the moment! Listening to my intuition is a hallmark of my service.
Conversations From The Heart is the name of my business because this is what I do!
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
- UKRCP Registered Counsellor
- Gloucestershire Networking Group for Counsellors & Psychotherapists (Co-ordinating Role 2006-2011)
- Counselling and groupwork training, Richmond Fellowship (1977-79)
- Certificate in Social Work, Bristol University (1980)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, Westhill College, Birmingham University (1990)
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling Studies, Keele University (1997)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision, Keele University (1998)
- Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice, Relational Change (2017)
Having begun counselling 40 years ago, it has been a constant thread through a career that has included mental health social work, health promotion, adult education and training, counselling in G.P. practice and private practice as well as supervising counsellors. This has involved working with people from a broad spectrum of cultures, ages, physical and intellectual abilities, sexual orientations, religious and spiritual beliefs.
As a qualified supervisor I have supervised trainee counsellors through to well-established practitioners, individually and in groups. I also have experience in supervising complementary health practitioners.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am interested in how each person's sense of the spiritual informs their relationship to themselves and the work and welcome this into our work together.
Alongside my counselling practice, I also work as a healer.
£50.00 per session
£50 per 60 min hour
If you would like to work with me and the fee would prohibit you from attending, it may be possible to negotiate a lower fee.
Stroud: Mon, Weds, Thurs 9.0am-6.0pm
Tetbury: Tues - 9.30a.m.-5.00p.m.
I work with individuals from 16 years old upwards to the end of life.
I see clients in Stroud and Tetbury.