At the heart of my approach to counselling is attentive, compassionate listening, without judgement and without any agenda for how you should be.
My aim is to understand your feelings and what you’re experiencing, so that we can work together to find a way forward through your difficulties.
I will accept you exactly as you are, with all the difficulties and fears you don’t feel good about – as well as the strengths and talents that you might have lost sight of. We will work at your pace, on whatever issues feel most important to you.
My counselling approach is integrative and humanistic – I’m afraid counselling and psychotherapy can be full of jargon! I’m happy to explain more about these or any other mystifying therapy terms when we meet, but basically it means that I bring together elements of successful therapeutic approaches which emphasise:
~ building a trusting, warm and open relationship between us
~ the power of respect, honesty and acceptance in facilitating lasting change
~ a belief in your fundamental resourcefulness
~ acceptance and compassion for our human struggles and imperfections
Within this, I can also support you to use imagery or creative writing to help you make sense of things. We can use methods from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) if you feel that would be helpful for you. I have my own longstanding mindfulness and meditation practice and can support you with mindfulness-based ways of calming stress, anxiety or unhelpful worry.
I know that it can be a big step to come for counselling, and it’s important to me that you get what you need. Your counselling will be as individual as you are.
Training, qualifications & experience
I’ve been working in mental health and therapy services for over ten years, and feel very lucky to be doing work that I love.
I’ve provided counselling in the NHS, charities and in private practice, and for 7 years I worked as a manager for a charity providing therapy for abuse survivors. I'm also an approved Mental Health First Aid instructor and was a Samaritans volunteer for a number of years. I am accredited by the BACP.
I’ve lived in Sheffield for 30 years, first coming to to study Psychology and putting down strong and happy roots. I love Sheffield’s parks and hills and how close we are to the Peaks. I have a longstanding interest in Buddhism and a regular mindfulness practice.
I have the following
~ Accreditation with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
~ Psychology BSc
~ Diploma HE in Counselling
~ Enhanced DBS check (criminal record check)
~ Regular clinical supervision and training
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
…feelings of worthlessness, depression, anxiety or panic
…difficult experiences in childhood such as abuse or neglect
…feelings of self-judgement and self-criticism, never feeling good enough
…relationship problems with a partner, family or friends, or unfinished business from a past relationship
…a difficult decision, life choice or change
…loss of direction, motivation or hopelessness
…health problems or coming to terms with physical changes
…self-defeating behaviours you don’t understand
…loss or bereavement
…workplace issues such as stress, bullying, low confidence or redundancy
My fees are £45 for each 50 minute session.
About counselling and psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy are types of ‘talking therapy’ which help people from all walks of life feel less alone with their difficulties.
It’s a great relief to be heard and accepted by someone who isn’t personally involved in your situation, doesn’t have an agenda for how you should behave, and doesn’t need protecting from your true feelings.
Counselling and psychotherapy help you find clarity and develop new ways of coping with life’s challenges. You can move forward with a renewed sense of hope and confidence. You might be looking for help with a specific issue, or simply feel the need for some emotional support while you find your way through a difficult time.
Please feel free to get in touch for a no-obligation chat about how I can help. If we don't think I'm the right counsellor for you I will do my best to suggest someone who might suit you better.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|