Let’s be honest. Starting counselling for the first time or returning to therapy after a break can be nerve-racking. It’s very normal to feel hesitant or uncomfortable talking to a stranger about your life and what you may be struggling with.
Reaching out for help takes so much courage and can be highly rewarding. It's incredible what can happen when someone can see the best version of yourself before you can see your own potential. Instead of facing your problems alone, speaking to a counsellor can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships, make sense of your difficulties, work through your problems more effectively and move through your pain.
I offer a non-judgmental, friendly and safe space for you to express your true self and explore what has brought you to counselling. As a counsellor, I aspire to create a collaborative experience that motivates you to forge a deeper connection with your whole self, empowers you to make positive and meaningful changes in your life and enables you to heal.
What everyone wants from their counsellor is the ability to emotionally connect with them in a way that makes them feel safe and comfortable. Someone that genuinely cares and helps them find a way to feel lighter, happier and more satisfied with their life. I am very appreciative to have consistently received this feedback from my clients.
While I was born and raised in the United States, I’ve lived in different countries which has given me incredible insights and an appreciation of the uniqueness and beauty of different cultures. These opportunities have allowed me to immerse myself in others’ worlds and to respect our differences.
HOW I WORK:
Throughout the counselling process, nothing takes precedence over the therapeutic relationship and the attentiveness I provide to my clients.
As a humanistic integrative counsellor, the therapeutic process is collaborative, tailored and unique to you. I draw on different perspectives and interventions in the moment, based on your individual needs, encouraging you to express and explore your thoughts, experiences, feelings and difficulties.
For your convenience, I offer both face-to-face counselling sessions and online (Zoom) sessions for UK and international clients. I also offer a free 30-minute telephone or online (Zoom) consultation to discuss what has brought you to counselling, any questions you may have and to see if we can work together.
Please check out my website (www.selfexpressioncounselling.co.uk) for more detailed information.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
- Masters in Counselling from York St. John University (Distinction)
- York St. John University Certificate in Counselling Practice - York College
- I hold an advanced DBS
- Working with Relational Depth
- Moving your Practice Online
- Using Creative Methods in your Counselling Work
- Domestic Abuse Awareness
- Working with Domestic Abuse and Violence
- Trauma & Attachment – Interpersonal Neurobiology and the Traumatic Transference
I have counselling experience working within the National Health Service (NHS), a university mental health clinic and my private practice. This has given me the tools to work with different issues (anxiety, depression, identity issues, relationships, existential issues, self-esteem, stress, etc.) and to provide counselling for a diverse range of clients.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Existential related issues (threat of meaninglessness and purpose, loneliness and the tension between our freedom of choice and responsibility) and identity related issues.
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
- Individual face-to-face counselling session (up to 60 minutes): £50
- Online (Zoom) counselling session (up to 60 minutes): £50
- Online (Zoom) evening (after 5:30 PM GMT) counselling sessions (up to 60 minutes): £55
Concessionary rates can be discussed for those on a low income.