I believe that sometimes we can get stuck, that we may need someone else with us to think out aloud, find a different view, make sense of our experiences and express emotions as well as thoughts that we feel not safe to express in our daily life.
I am passionate about helping you find your individual path to improved mental health. In the process I draw on concepts and methods from Gestalt Therapy, but also other therapeutic disciplines, including Cognitive-Behavioural-Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and client-led creative techniques.
Using creative techniques does not mean that you have to be good at drawing and painting, but it often involves using metaphors, images or media - something from the world around you with which you connect. This approach encourages whole brain thinking and experiencing with the whole body rather than over-relying on logic. It allows you to slow down, notice more and so help you gain fresh insights and an improved awareness of yourself as well as your relationships, and this way increase your understanding of any anxiety, depression, sadness, relationship problems or other issues.
Another way of gaining a deeper understanding and finding relief is paying attention to your body language. This could be a spontaneous movement, such as the tapping of a foot; a habitual posture, for example always sitting at the edge of a chair or a breathing pattern - maybe you are often holding your breath without knowing why. Being curious about the messages and stories our bodies are telling can help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your unmet needs as well as your strengths and release tensions.
What I can help with:
- Anxiety: My heart is racing. My breath is shallow.
- Stress: I feel overloaded.
- Depression: I have no energy. I lost motivation. The black dog that sits on me.
- Trauma: I do not feel safe anymore.
- Loss and Grief: Someone or something I had is gone. It has left an emptiness that hurts.
- Stuck-ness: I am trying hard to find a solution, but I keep going around in circles.
- Confusion: My head is in a muddle. I need time and space to think.
- Overwhelm: I cannot cope.
- Self-esteem: I am not good enough
- Shame: I am unlovable. I am a mistake.
- Loneliness: I feel separate. I do not fit in. There is no one I can talk to. No one understands me.
Please get into touch either via phone or e-mail to arrange for a first session or ask any questions you might have. The first session is an opportunity to find out whether we would like to work together, what you would like help with and what you might need from me.
Training, qualifications & experience
DipHE Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
I am a qualified Gestalt counsellor. Gestalt counselling is a holistic approach, which means that the counsellor understands a person as a whole including the relationship between them and their world. Gestalt counsellors focus on the here and now, examining current thoughts, behaviour and feelings in order to help a client gain awareness of how they relate to events and people. This awareness is crucial in bringing about change. Most important to this approach is the relationship between client and counsellor.
I trained and continue to work at the Olive Branch in Winchester.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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There is no charge for an initial phone conversation, which gives you the opportunity to ask any questions. Subsequent sessions are charged at a rate of £50 per 50 minute session.
I am an individual member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by its Ethical Framework. My work is supervised by a senior practitioner.
Interests continuous professional development
Working with Dreams
Expressive Arts and Movement in Counselling
Neuroscience in Counselling
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Friday
Types of client