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Does it sometimes feel as if an event from the past keeps playing on your mind? Whatever happens to us in our life, whether from past experiences or more recent, has the potential to cause problems such as relationship difficulties, depression, stress or anxiety. I have considerable experience as a therapist and remain passionate and motivated to help you work through the challenges that you are facing. My aim as a counsellor is to provide a caring, warm and supportive environment in which you feel accepted and understood without fear of judgement or criticism.
I work with people who have experienced loss in all its forms, whether through bereavement, job losses, ending of a relationship, abortion or miscarriage When these events occur we can sometimes be surprised by the range of emotions that we experience such as feeling overwhelmed, unable to cope, tearfullness and low self-esteem.
As you read this, you may well be experiencing some of these difficulties and are not sure which way to turn. At times like this, although family and friends might be supportive they don't always know what to say to help or we can feel like a burden to them.
I mainly work with adults offering long and short term counselling. I also offer couples counselling and counselling for work related issues. I am also a qualified supervisor for counsellors.
My experience covers most areas of counselling, and includes:
- Depression including post natal
- Relationship issues
- Childhood abuse (both female and male)
- Bereavement and loss
- Low self esteem
- Traumatic effects
- Work related issues
Depression, anxiety and stress can also impact our world when we least expect it, either through loss or when our circumstances suddenly change, even though the circumstance should be joyful, such as the birth of a child. I have worked with mothers (and fathers) who have experienced post natal depression and feel totally bewildered at how they are feeling when others in the family are celebrating and they feel totally unable to do so and hide how they feel from their family.
Whatever you are experiencing it isn't something to hide from or bottle up and discussing how you feel can help. We can work at the pace that is right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A. (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Dip. Stress Management Training
I achieved my degree in counselling from Southampton University in the Integrative Model but can offer a cognitive behavioural approach if required. I have extensive experience of counselling in Healthcare Settings and with Employment Assistance Programmes.
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Personal therapy for student counsellors
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
My fees are £40 per one hour session. However, I do believe that everyone should have access to private counselling and can offer a limited number of reduced rate appointments to those on a low income so do please contact me to discuss this. I also offer a reduced rate for counselling students on training courses for both counselling and supervision.
I have appointments available both daytime and evenings.
I have two areas of special interest. The first is working with traumatic affects following assaults, road traffic accidents, abuse and domestic violence for both men and women and I welcome inquiries from Solicitors and the Medical Profession.
The Second is working with Post Natal Depression and how it can impact on family life.
I am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which ensures absolute confidentiality and I adhere to their Code of Ethics.
My private practice is in a quiet area with convenient parking and in easy reach of Poole, Bournemouth, Ferndown and surrounding areas.