I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, and my approach is collaborative, so that together we look at the areas of your life that you feel aren't working. At this unusual time I work both online and face-to-face, depending on your situation. My style is warm and supportive and I provide a safe relationship from which you can reflect on your situation, thoughts and feelings.
I work with both adults and young adults (from 16 years old). The issues that I have successfully helped my clients to work through include; depressive feelings, low self-esteem, anger-management, anxiety, grief, overwhelm, relationship problems and parenting/family difficulties.
Together we work in a way that allows you to deepen your understanding of yourself, for you to feel more comfortable, at ease and confident within yourself. I will also share specific tools and strategies, to help you make positive changes in the ways you manage and take care of yourself, to create tangible shifts in your life that really work for you.
We will of course talk about your past, for you to express and heal any unresolved pain. However I will also help you focus on the here and now, and enable you to equip yourself with the resources you need to live well in the present.
While the way you feel and behave today may be rooted in your past, I believe I can support you to grow and change beyond the constraints of that history.
During this very unusual period, we are each finding ways to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be a real struggle. It is likely that many of our usual "coping mechanisms" or outlets are not available at the moment - socialising, having "normal" levels of physical contact with those around us, making plans, travelling freely etc. Our working lives have changed, our living situations have changes, and we have new and unexpected financial difficulties. This, alongside the heightened uncertainty of the situation, and concerns for our own and loved-ones health, have brought very uncomfortable feelings up and for many - unresolved issues from the past. I am very mindful of these issues in my work and believe that I can offer real and solid support at this time.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked one-to-one supporting individuals for over 20 year, since 1997, first as a Management Coach, and since 2005 as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor. This gives me a broad base of experience to draw from to meet the particular and unique needs of each of my clients.
Since 2001 the majority of my professional development has been with the Spectrum Centre for Humanistic Psychotherapy, which is a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) member organisation. Here are some chronological examples of my training to date:
2001: Spectrum: Managing Anger
2003: Spectrum: The 1 Year Course in Psychotherapy
2004: Post Graduate in Psychotherapy
2004: The Oxford Cambridge & Royal Society of Arts (OCR) Certificate in Counselling Skills
2005-11: Post Graduate in Psychotherapy continuation programme
2008: Integrative Mindbody Therapy & Training: Understanding Trauma
2012: Spectrum: Developing Clinical Skills
I continue to engage in professional development and have regular supervision. I am also an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society and adhere to their ethics and code of conduct.
Prior to working as a therapist, my career was in Organisational Development, Management Training and Senior Management in both the private and public sector. I also have a 2:1 BA Hons Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a mother and Co-Author of the book "Happy Confident Me Journal" for 8-11 year old children, I also work with parents struggling to support their children through emotional difficulties and other parenting issues.
My rate is £65 for a 50 minute daytime session, whether in person or online.
I am happy to hear from you by email or by phone, to have an informal chat and discuss what you are looking for, before you book your first consultation.