I offer counselling from a person-centred perspective, that is from the belief that all people inherently have the wisdom and inner resources to make the right choices and come to a place of healing if only they are given the right nurturing, honest, empathic and accepting conditions.
There are many reasons that someone may seek counselling. It may be that there are current circumstances in life that are confusing, overwhelming and distressing that need to be talked through and made sense of. Sometimes we can be overwhelmed by distressing feelings and have little or no idea as to why. For some perhaps there are traumatic or distressing events from the past that are difficult to forget and let go of. Others may wish to explore more broadly the meaning and direction of their life. Occasionally someone may be told by people close to them that they should seek counselling without really knowing why themselves. Whatever your situation, it is my intention to give you that supportive and confidential space to explore the issue that brings you to counselling in a way that is honest, warm. accepting and guided by your needs and way of being.
I would describe myself as someone that has a deep interest in the spiritual side of what it means to be human and so this is a way of being that I am open to exploring with you if this has meaning and relevance for you. It may be that you simply wish to explore pragmatic ways of overcoming the difficulties you find yourself in. Whatever your perspective, I hope to enable you to stand with confidence in your own truth so that you may find the way of being in the world that is right for you. In doing so I may gently challenge your current perceptions, or suggest resources or reading materials that I think might be helpful to you.
In counselling, the relationship is key. It is important to find a counsellor who you feel you can connect and feel comfortable with. For this reason, I offer a no cost or commitment consultation, by phone or zoom, of up to 30 minutes so that you can describe what brings you to counselling, assess whether you feel you would be comfortable working with me and we can decide the best way forward for you.
Please have a look at my website for more information about my background and how I work.
"When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations, deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another." ~ Carl Rogers
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA (Hons) Psychology
- MSc Educational Psychology
- Diploma in Counselling
- Certified Online Therapist
Please see the website for further biographical information and experience.
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
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