Hello. I’m glad you’ve found your way here and to these pages.
Life can become confusing and difficult. It may be that you’re having problems that have arisen recently, or it may be that you’ve been struggling with something for a long time.
Your struggles might be seen or unseen by others, but at a deeper level you may not feel seen or heard.
It may be that you feel things just aren’t right, and life isn’t working out for you the way you want, or the way you hoped. Maybe you’re having problems with relationships with partners, family or co-workers, now or over time — and maybe the relationship you especially struggle with is the relationship with yourself… not feeling happy and safe and with a sense of belonging.
Maybe there are just things you need to talk about with someone. Or you’re tired of just getting through life and through the days and want to enjoy life.
And in these pandemic days now, or now more clearly than before, you may have struggled with isolation and loneliness, and loss.
I’ve worked with people with all these issues, and with a range of many others that can be named from the outset or become understood and clear over time: anxiety, in it’s many forms; depression; panic attacks; relationships with food; relationships with body image; low self-worth; stress; OCD; early attachment issues; grief and bereavement; self-harm; abuse; separation; insecurity; cross-cultural living; gender and sexual orientation. And I’ve also worked with clients who are autistic and have ADHD.
How counselling and therapy works
It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, what your background is, or what has brought you here in this moment. I will give you a safe and non-judgemental space where you can talk and be heard, and take the time to find your words and express your feelings. Meeting you where you are, we will work together to understand, to open things up, to let your feelings and thoughts exist and be welcome… and to heal, and to re-connect with life. To find who you are.
Sometimes you will have a sense of the issues inside you, sometimes you won’t.
But it isn't about what’s wrong with you... It’s about what happened to you.
It’s about helping you recognise and feel the role of the past and past events in your life, and being with you as you come into the present and move towards becoming free and clear of issues that have held you down and held you back.
And it’s about seeing and feeling the unconscious patterns that have taken root in you and that put you in stuck and painful and repeating patterns, and bringing them out into the open and into your consciousness, and then giving you distance from them, so you develop real choice, and freedom, and self-compassion.
Together we will work to give voice to what has been silent, exploring ideas and feelings in a way and a place that’s safe, and in that space letting them take you where you need or want to go.
And we'll do this so emotions and feelings don’t block or disrupt or rule you, but they enrich and inform your life and your sense of who you are and your ability to communicate yourself with ease and peace and enjoyment.
Sometimes people begin without an ability to get in touch with many of the variety of feelings a person can have, but I have seen that with time a person can go from that state to a fully and healthy emotional and lived life. And wherever you start from, or whatever reason you start for, change is possible for you, too. And, there is no rush or timetable to go from one place to the other.
How I work
My training background is in the psychodynamic approach, which focuses on how our unconscious and the past affects the way we live in ways we are not aware of, accessing a wide range of perspectives in this field — built on the principles of the person centred approach, where the core humanistic values of being with you where you are, being genuine and being non-judgemental are made foundational. And like nearly all counsellors and therapists, I have continued my learning and knowledge, and as they may be needed, I will call on aspects of other modalities, such as relational and here-and-now approaches, and trauma informed work.
And as many studies have shown, I will understand the value of the relationship between us and how important that will be during the work and for its unfolding. From time to time, I may bring your focus on the feeling of the relationship between us, as a window into many things.
I offer a free initial one hour consultation with no obligation to continue to sessions afterwards. I’m happy to be an initial sounding board for you if you want to explore the possibilities of counselling and therapy in your life. Ongoing sessions will be for fifty minutes, once a week.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work according to their ethical code. I’m also an associate member of the IGA (Institute of Group Analysis).
I’m currently taking on new clients online, through Zoom. It’s a very effective way of working. We can see how it feels to work this way in our initial meeting, and if you feel it would suit you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Associate Member Institute of Group Analysis
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