I offer a safe, confidential and respectful environment in which any issues you may bring can be explored. I have worked with people struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, life changing event and have particular experience supporting those with past experiences of trauma or at some kind of crossroads in their lives.
The difficulties we have in dealing with the present may often have their origins in experiences from the past. You may be seeking therapy to try and make a shift in areas that feel stuck or habitual - whether in everyday behaviour or personal relationships - or to deal with significant life changes, such as separation, divorce, bereavement and redundancy.
I will support you to make sense of patterns and changes, find ways to articulate and understand what was not previously easy to put into words, and to discover and think through new ways of moving forward. The process of looking at ourselves and the feelings we struggle with can often seem overwhelming and scary, and at the same time it can be transformative, offering a growing sense of hope, self-esteem and confidence. Talking to a therapist about your thoughts and feelings, when you are feeling distressed by difficult events or are troubled by something, can help you to work out what is bothering you. It can also provide a time and space to explore new possibilities, which in turn may lead you to make positive changes in your life. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is central to the success of therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for over twelve years with adults and young people from a diversity of cultural and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and ages, facing a wide range of issues including family crisis, anxiety, depression, post-natal depression, parenting, relationship difficulties, divorce and separation, work related stress, identity issues, childhood trauma and bullying.
My clinical experience has included working with clients dealing with sexual abuse, domestic abuse, illness, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, relationship and friendship difficulties, family conflict, foster parenting, boarding school related trauma, redundancy and life transitions such as leaving home and university.
Clinical placement at Dorset Rape Crisis Centre.
Ten years within statutory and voluntary services working with
mothers, fathers, children and young people in crisis.
- BA Criminology and English
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling Level 4
- Safeguarding for adults Level 3
- Safeguarding for children Level 3
- Diploma in counselling for HIV / AIDS
- I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Courses I facilitate:
Who’s in charge program
Healthy relationships for adolescents
Cognitive behavioural therapy-based courses:
- Pattern changing
- Recovery toolkit
- Training Workshop in Play therapy
- Art therapy course
- Sexual abuse training with Dorset Rape Crisis
- Working relationally with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and complex trauma
- Workshop on Attachment theory – Zoe Lodrick
- Honour based violence – training workshop
- Child sexual exploitation workshop
- AVA training - working therapeutically with victims of child abuse
- Domestic abuse national conference
- Stalking training provided by You First Integrated Domestic Abuse Service
- Certificate in domestic violence/abuse and the MARAC process
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My private practice is based in a quiet, relaxing and discreet room on the ground floor in the Bayside Business Centre (BH15).
Counselling sessions are £50 each and last 50 minutes. An initial consultation is £30 for 50 minutes where we can meet and I will take some details about you, develop an understanding of your problems and we can decide how we will proceed.
Family intervention sessions are £75 each and last for 50mins
There are two designated parking spaces for clients on the right hand side as you pull into the car park.
Bayside Business Centre is easily reached from Poole, Broadstone, Parkstone, Bournemouth, Wimborne, Corfe Mullen, Upton, Hamworthy and Blandford.