I have 20 years' experience (8 in GP surgeries) as a therapeutic counsellor. I deal with all kinds of human concerns and difficulties and enjoy supporting people on their journey through Life. I specialise in Stress, Anxiety, Depression and health, family & relationship problems (new baby, moving house, work, bullying, disability, divorce, retirement, grandparenting etc) . I offer a safe space where clients can explore their problems and express their thoughts and feelings without being judged or taking sides. Getting help early for psychological problems often means improved outcomes.
As a Humanistic Counsellor, I respect each person as a unique being with skills, responsibilities & choices. The first sessions are usually about exploring a current crisis or any confusion or unhappiness that a client may struggle with. The aims of further sessions may include healing the past, improving confidence, communication and relationships, solving problems, changing unwanted behaviour, building on strengths and creating a Life they love according to their nature. I draw from a variety of approaches: person centred, transpersonal, existential, CBT/REBT, psychodynamic with a holistic perspective (Mind, Body, Spirit). I may use practical exercises e.g. anger & stress management, assertiveness, self-esteem, confidence & self-awareness exercises to help people feel more relaxed and in control. The Rewind Technique safely reduces the impact of traumatic events (Road Traffic Accidents, Assault, Betrayals, Deaths, Harassment, Abuse etc)
I also offer The Radiance Technique a simple but powerful relaxation & meditation practice. I have studied to The Fourth Degree of The Radiance Technique, Authentic Reiki, a transcendental science, including The Third Degree Authorised Instructor level.
As well as seeing people of all ages I also do workshops, give talks and support local events. I hold an enhanced CRB certificate.
I offer flexible appointment times including some evenings & Saturdays.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a MA in Counselling Studies from Keele University 1997 - research dissertation "The Use of Imagery in the Treatment of Depression". I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP). I have 20 years' experience with a wide range of problems including 8 years' in GP surgeries. I was a volunteer in a Rape Crisis Centre, a teacher of music and languages in a day centre with mentally and physically disabled adults, a partner in a Primary Care Counselling Service and a therapist/trustee in a natural health centre. Recent training has included workshops: Penny Parks Inner Child, NLP, Dorothy Rowe on Siblings, Energy Psychology, Unconscious Processes in Film Making, Adoption, Suicide, Working with Dreams, Alchemy of Relationships, Working with Aspergers Syndrome, Focusing, Working with Common Tensions in Relationships, New Thinking in Treatment Resistant Depression, The Rewind Technique, CBT/REBT for Person Centred Counsellors, Primary Certificate in REBT, Trauma, Life Coaching, Diabetes, PTSD, Compassion Focussed Therapy, etc
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Holistic health, personal development, creativity, relaxation & meditation, mid-life crisis, carers, getting older, twins, hearing loss, tinnitus, grandparenting etc
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Humanistic therapies
My standard rate for Counselling is £45/hr. Reduced rates can be negotiated for people who are low-waged, students, OAPs, new mums, Armed Forces, etc.
My standard rate for The Radiance Technique is £45/hr. I also do seminars in small groups for learning The First Degree for self-help at £225 for 12 hours.
Free 20 min initial chat.
I was born in Africa and grew up in Canada. I trained as a multi-lingual secretary and worked for a number of government and business organisations in the UK and abroad. I am married with two grown-up sons. My interests include music, the arts, crosswords, yoga, keeping fit, holistic health and the natural world.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||some French and some Spanish|
I offer flexible appointments including some evenings and Saturday mornings. First free introductory session (20 minutes)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|