It’s often difficult to take that first step towards asking for help. It requires courage, especially if you’re not sure how counselling works or if it might help you.
You may have been struggling with difficult feelings or symptoms for a while, or life events may have recently left you feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope. Whatever is troubling you, it can help to explore your issues with someone who is trained to work alongside you and who won’t judge you.
My aim is to help you to to talk through what is troubling you and to provide a safe, confidential environment where you feel really listened to and supported. I won’t tell you what to do, but together we will work towards understanding the feelings, thoughts and memories which are causing you distress. Most of us spend a lot of time “in our heads”, cut off from our direct experience of life but perhaps stuck in destructive thought patterns. I will encourage you to tune in to both body and mind to explore what might underlie your difficulties. We may make sense of recurring problems by linking them with past experiences, and this can open the door to greater self awareness and a sense of empowerment. This can lead to you feeling more able to make meaningful changes in your life, or moving towards acceptance of those things which cannot be changed.
I have recently completed training in energy psychotherapy methods, which draw on traditional mind-body medicine, combined with contemporary “talk therapy”. These gentle but remarkably powerful techniques can be used to identify and clear problematic patterns of thinking and feeling as well as reinforcing positive qualities. Please ask if you are curious about working in this way and would like to know more.
When you contact me initially, we will arrange to meet for an assessment session, during which we can both see how we might get along together, and discuss your needs. There is no charge for this initial session, and no obligation to continue therapy with me. Following this, we may decide to work on a specific issue in a focused way, or we may feel that longer-term work is likely to be beneficial.
I offer both day-time and evening appointments – please contact me to discuss availability, by phone or email. My welcoming therapy room is situated in Leicester (LE1), close to the city centre, at the Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
HE Certificate in Counselling
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I began working as a counsellor in 2009. As well as my independent practice, I am committed to my work for the Leicester Counselling Centre as a counsellor and as a trustee. I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings.