With over 22 years experience, I have a particular interest in working, via Skype/FaceTime or the telephone, with clients from all over the world or with levels of disability who are unable to visit me in person. I do have limited face to face slots in my rooms near Taunton on the Devon/Somerset border.
A warm and insightful counsellor, I am dedicated to finding ways of improving the lives of those of you who come to me seeking help.
I believe that counselling truly is your journey of a lifetime, your magical mystery tour. You may come to counselling feeling cornered, restricted and encumbered.
Maybe you feel as if you are living inside a glass bubble; you can see the world outside it but seem unable to communicate in the way you or others want, and feel unable to feel what you or others would like you, to feel about the people and things outside of your bubble. You may feel your head is full of sticky black cobwebs, rendering your brain unable to move at the normal pace.
If you are feeling any of those things, are a survivor of narcissistic parenting or boarding school, are enduring or recovering from coercive control, are struggling to make decisions, are undergoing relationship difficulties or are looking to enjoy a quality of life that seems to elude you, counselling can help you achieve that equilibrium. Yes, it can feel a terrifyingly risky first step. Yes, it can be painful, but there is laughter and humour too - and growth along the way. Given time, patience, and above all courage and trust in yourself, your counsellor and the partnership between you, you really can achieve that.
I use Psychodynamic and Person-centred approaches and have had 22 years experience in counselling, with 8 years in Mental Health, enabling me to identify problems which may need additional help from services other than from counselling alone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my training with Sussex Counselling - a Person-Centred discipline over three years, in 1989 and continued with a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from 1995 to 1998. During this period I was working in a Community Mental Health team with other Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Community Psychiatric Nurses and Occupational Therapists where I gained valuable experience of working with people with serious mental illness as well as those with anxiety and depression alongside other professionals in the field.
I have maintained my professional integrity by undertaking Continuing Professional Development training.
I have had and continue to have regular supervision throughout my 22 years as a counsellor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding school syndrome
Coercive control endurer or survivor
For individuals I make no charge for our first, fact-finding session together.
Fees: Individuals £48. Couples £65 for each 50 minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Fluent in French|
Accessible by phone, Skype or FaceTime if you have limited mobility.
I currently have spaces during the daytime and have some evening and weekend slots
Types of client