I AM CURRENTLY WORKING REMOTELY, MAINLY BY ZOOM AND PHONE, FOR THE TIME BEING UNTIL THE CURRENT SITUATION CHANGES.
"Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life. Certainly it is worth the risk."
These are stressful times when nobody knows, for sure, what the outcome will be. And this is what people with anxiety experience, day to day, even without a pandemic. To talk about how anxiety features in your life, when you first noticed it and how it can sabotage your wellbeing can be extremely liberating.....it's facing it head on.....looking at it squarely in the face and declaring that anxiety is not welcome in your life anymore! And then we find, together, different ways of managing it so that you are in charge not your anxiety.
We have fewer daylight hours now, giving us more time to reflect upon our lives....what life used to look like and how we lived it, what it looks like now and how we can take all this new learning forward so that we can experience more personal fulfilment.
Is there something you've been avoiding or putting off? Something you've always wanted to do but just can't seem to make that initial leap? Something you're unhappy with but to change it seems too huge to contemplate? Big questions to which only you hold the answers.
With all the news, recently, about mental health, and particularly men's mental health and how it is now being openly talked about without stigma, could your visit to this page be your first step into reclaiming your life and making a difference in how you've been living it?
Every journey of a thousand miles begins with the first small step. Wise words.....and you've just taken that first small step. Imagine a regular time- usually the same time, same day on a weekly basis for how ever long you need that is yours and yours alone where you can just be yourself. A time, in a safe place, where you can explore, without judgement, anything which is causing you concern.....where you don't have to censor what you say, where you can be real and honest with how you're feeling without fear of criticism or disapproval.
Maybe you've been ignoring things up 'til now but now feel ready to address where you are in your life and maybe how you got to this point - could this now be the time to define more of what you do want and let go of what you don't? Visiting this page could herald the start of something great......change!
" If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself"
I offer you my presence, time, warmth and commitment to confidentially examine and explore your life, at your pace, so that you may work toward reaching a place of your own self fulfillment and realising your own unique potential.
I offer short and long term counselling and a safe space in which you can feel comfortable to talk freely about your experiences without feeling judged or told what to do because YOU are the expert in your own life.
I am essentially a humanistic integrative counsellor, drawing on the person centred model to inform my work but also use some Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, NLP theoretical approaches, as appropriate. All can contribute to a greater understanding of the self, past and present, which, in turn, can give insight into present thinking, feeling and resultant behaviours which maybe disrupting well-being. It is not my place to tell you what to do or how to live your life - I am more interested in exploring, together, areas which may be presently causing you discomfort or angst so that you can then be in a position of having choice. And just the discovery and realisation of there being a choice is, in itself, empowering.
"Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are-chaff and grain together-certain that a faithful hand will take them, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away"
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold the CPCAB Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Level 4,3 & 2 Diplomas in Therapeutic Counselling and am currently working towards my Accreditation as a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and am on the Association's register. My membership of the BACP ensures that I uphold the Association’s ethical framework in working safely with you as does attending regular supervision. I also hold a DBS certificate and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
My background is in body work and I am ITEC qualified in therapeutic massage, Indian head massage and reflexology. I hold certificates in Thai Foot massage, auricular therapy and hot stone massage. I am also a Reiki Master. I embrace several teachings from Buddhism such as loving kindness, compassion and acceptance and regularly practise meditation and mindfulness in my own life.
My interest in counselling came not only from my own personal experience of working with a really effective counsellor but also as a natural progression from the bodywork I was practising approximately 20 years ago. I found that I could no longer ignore the mind/body connection from a pathological viewpoint as, fundamentally, our physical health management is so very dependent on our mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. For me, each cannot be viewed as operating in isolation and a more holisitic approach seems to be the key – treating the human being as a ‘whole’ not just the sum total of separate parts. The emphasis, however, is on the ‘being’ – how we view and experience the world individually and together, together with our own unique place in it. I am not you and you are not me but by working closely together in a warm, safe, confidential place where you can just be yourself, we can embark on a journey of self discovery.
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
Initial consultation by phone is FREE followed by a mutually agreeable half hour FREE ‘face to face’ session. This time together will provide an opportunity for us to get to know one another and for you to talk more. Once we have established that we feel we can work together and what it is exactly that's troubling you, the first session is then scheduled when a more in depth assessment is carried out. This includes establishing just what you want to achieve by entering into therapy. This session and subsequent sessions will be £40 per hour. Cancellation, without 24hr notice, will be charged at the full fee. I do not charge for holidays but would appreciate advance notice and I will do the same regarding my own holidays.
I offer counselling students a special discounted rate...please get in touch to discuss.
Concessions offered for
Experienced in working with the following:
- Relationship problems
- Self esteem
- Anger management
- Self harm
- Low mood
- Self development
Tel: 07801 467758