Our lives are not always as straight-forward as we would like them to be. At times we can be left feeling emotionally and physically exhausted, or confused, or numb, or lonely, or vulnerable, or angry or overwhelmed. We can be going through a crisis, a loss, a feeling of being stuck in memories of past experiences, a feeling of low self-esteem and sometimes we do not know why we don’t feel right, we just know we don’t feel right.
How I Can Help
Whatever you might be finding yourself faced with right now, I will help you to discover how to make sense of it. I will do this by working with you, to become aware of your choices, and to rediscover what is possible. In a safe space, I will make the journey with you as you experience your feelings, thoughts and beliefs. I will help to enable you to move on to what is right for you, or to find peace and acceptance in what cannot be changed. I believe by seeking counselling you are taking an important and courageous step in understanding yourself and yourself in the world.
Having worked within the world of business helps me to understand what happens between people, in organisations, and relationships; how we may look at fixed patterns being played out. Having a diverse background in health and social care, and working with young people including those with Autistic Spectrum Condition, I am aware of the challenges faced and with experience as a mum too, my approach is down-to-earth.
Having extensively counselled unpaid carers I have become aware that they can often lose who they are as their caring role has taken so much priority; I have helped them rediscover who they are and that they too matter. Counselling within the YMCA environment has furthered my experience of working with young people.
I work with adults of all ages and young people from the age of 13 years, and I will tailor my approach to your needs.
How I Work
I work relationally, using transactional analysis as a theoretical model; that is we are able to solve problems using our own intuition and full resources which can have been hidden away for a long time, and once rediscovered will flourish, if we let them.
Additionally, using gestalt therapy we will look at how we define what we truly experience versus what we interpret in ourselves and the world around us, which can become stuck in fixed patterns. Being fully present in the here and now creates the potential for more excitement, energy and courage to live life more freely.
What To Expect
I can offer short-term or longer-term counselling, depending on your needs and wishes. It may be that you do not wish to look too deep but focus on a current issue that is bothering you. Here you will gain some insight to understanding yourself and if and when ready to do so, can return to longer-term therapy if desired.
Free and with no obligation, I offer an initial telephone consultation and follow-up face-to-face familiarisation session.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling (Advanced TA)
Certificate in Working with Creativity
Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology
Certificate in Working with the Body
Diploma in Health & Social Care
Diploma in Indian Head Massage
Key continuous professional development:
Trauma and Recovery
Animal Assisted Therapy
Psychotherapy of Unconscious Relational Patterns
Working with Depression
Understanding Personality Disorders
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Free half hour telephone introduction followed by
Free half hour Initial session
£45 for a 50-minute session