I know how difficult it is to get 'unstuck' on your own whether you are 'stuck' in a relationship that doesn't seem to be working, desperately trying to get the happiness and love back into your marriage, feeling depressed, anxious, or maybe going through a major life transition, talking can really help...
I feel passionate about my work as a Counsellor and about the relationship that I make with my clients, I believe the relationship is at the very heart of healing. Clients often feel better after just a couple of sessions as they feel heard and really understood. I help you to understand your situation more clearly, and support you in finding your own solutions.
I offer short term focused and longer term open ended counselling depending on what feels appropriate to you as the client. I work with Individuals, Couple Relationships & Marriage. I work from Rode, Somerset which is within easy access of Frome, Bath, Bradford-On-Avon, Trowbridge, and Warminster.Sometimes it just really helps to talk...
HOW COUNSELLING CAN HELP:
You may just feel that things don't feel right at the moment or you may have a clear understanding of why you feel the way you do and are looking for greater understanding and support in moving forward. There are many reasons that you might choose to come to counselling - these may include:
- Relationships issues
- Relationship breakdown
- Seperation & Divorce
- Difficulties arising from patterns of relating to others
- Panic Attacks, Anxiety,Stress
- Inner Conflicts
- Loss and Bereavement
- Issues arising from childhood
- Issues affecting young people
In an initial session we can explore what you would like to get out of counselling and whether it is right for you at the moment. and you can see if the approach I offer feels right for you. We can also make an initial agreement on the length of commitment. It is important that the therapy I offer is tailored to your needs as an individual or as a couple seeking help and support.
Short Term Counselling: which is usually for 6-8 weeks, this may be extended. Short term work is often focused on a particular crisis, transition or difficulty and can help you to feel clearer and work towards a resolution which will enable you to move forward in your life.
Longer Term open ended Counselling: involves a more in depth exploration of the issues which are causing difficulty in your life. These issues may be long standing or recurring. The work may involve looking at unhelpful patterns of relating from the past which impact your experience in the present, working with difficult emotional experiences or memories. In this work the client can become more aware of unconscious processes, understand and become more attuned to emotional responses in the body. Growth and change is possible. Long Term Counselling may involve supporting you through a bereavement, loss or major life transition.
Counselling can provide a safe, confidential non judgmental space in which you can talk through and explore issues which may be causing you pain and difficulty in your life. The focus may be on a specific crisis or on a wider exploration of the origins of personal problems.Whatever your concern, the emphasis is on offering you a supportive and accepting space in which you can reach a clearer understanding of yourself and your present situation, helping you to find your own answers.
Relationships are fundamental to our well being; a place of safety, love, sexual and emotional fulfilment.
However there are times when relationship can feel surrounded in pain and confusion. The relationship stuck in repeating patterns that seem destructive to the two people involved. It can be difficult to understand what is happening. The couple become confused and disappointed in the dream they shared together.
Couples often come to counselling in crisis or transition with something in the relationship needing to end and something needing to grow. They want to feel better about themselves their partner and the relationship.
A couple may come to counselling because there is conflict over parenting children or concerned about the impact of relationship difficulties on children.
Couples often come during periods of transition; the birth of a new baby, children leaving home, life transition such as moving job, country, children leaving home, the impact of menopause, moving into retirement, or becoming unemployed – life changes mean transition and adjustment.
There may be a loss of intimacy and closeness in the relationship and yet you may be committed to growing together and understanding what is happening. For other couples the relationship may feel very stuck or broken. They may want to really understand what is happening and may need help to make a decision to end the relationship and find support in taking this difficult step. Infidelity in a relationship can be an enormously painful and difficult thing to face and is often a reason for seeking help.
It can feel like a difficult step to come to counselling together. My job as a couple counsellor is to help you both feel held, help you both to understand what is happening in your relationship, feel clearer in yourselves and able to make clear decisions and move forward in your lives.
Some of the issues bought to Couple Counselling
Trust issues: Affairs and betrayal
Transitions: Changes in life stages: e.g. Birth of a child/Children leaving home
Changes in life circumstances
Impact of the Menopause
Stuck patterns of relating Negotiations around Sex, Money, individual needs.
Lack of intimacy/growing apart.
Separation & Divorce
Negotiation with ex partners/stepchildren
Training, qualifications & experience
I live in Rode on the outskirts of Frome with my two sons. I have been a mother for 20 years and my oldest son finished university, my youngest a Teen. My first Degree was a B.Sc (Hons) in Home Economics and my early career involved running both my own and a number of businesses, I also worked as a Food Adviser for J.Sainsbury.
My career change came as a result of a difficult transition to Hong Kong and a slow and painful breakdown in my marriage. I became very "stuck" and it was at this point that I first went to counselling. In 1997 I complete a Foundation Course in Counselling at St. John's Cathedral Hong Kong. On returning to the UK I joined Bath Centre of Psychotherapy and Counselling in 2004 to train for a Counselling Diploma. These life experiences and my own personal struggle give me a real understanding of the difficulties my clients face both as individuals and couples in relationship and I bring the hope and belief that they can work through this to make life more fulfilling again.
- First Degree B.Sc (Hons)
- Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling from Bath Centre of Psychotherapy Counselling.
- Additional Training to work with Couples with Jill Gabriel in Bath.
- bacp Accredited Counsellor. UKRCP Registered.
- Training for a Diploma in Supervision with CSTD Bath.
In addition to my Private Practice I have many years experience of working both as a University Student Counsellor at Bath University, a Practice Counsellor within the NHS and a Relationship Counsellor with Relate Mid Wiltshire.
I am a member of The Counselling Collective South West; a group of Counsellors and Psychotherapists who have worked within the NHS, in addition to being a member of The Relationship Counsellors (www.therelationshipcounsellors.com) a group offering Couple, Family and Psychosexual Therapy. As an Accredited member of bacp I am bound by their Code of Ethics and committed to my own on-going personal and professional development.
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
Issues affecting Young People/Students.
Concessions offered for
My Counselling sessions are 60 minutes in length. I work long and short term but contract with clients for an initial 6 sessions which enables us to develop a meaningful therapeutic relationship. These sessions are offered preferably weekly.
I work day times and early evening.
Fees payable at the end of each session.
I work from my home in Rode Somerset, within easy reach of Frome, Beckington, Warminster, Bradford & Avon & Trowbridge.
If you would like to find out more or make an appointment for an initial session please contact me.
I am now working Face to Face and on Zoom.
Day Time and early Evenings
I work with students and teenagers over the age of 17 yrs and have many years experience of working in a University Counselling Service.