Specialising in sand tray therapy, (see photos below, and on my Instagram feed) I am a qualified counsellor and supervisor with a private practice in Weston-super-Mare. I work with young people and adults and have had the honour of being a counselling tutor for the last 15 years in a large college. This experience has been both enriching and challenging, it has taught me how amazing people are when given the right environment and support.
It is sometimes easier to talk to somebody who is impartial rather than a friend or family member. My aim is to help you to explore difficulties in a safe, understanding and confidential space. Either to deal with a particular crisis or trauma, or help with more general or historic issues, offering both short term solution focused sessions and long term counselling.
As an integrated humanistic counselling psychotherapist, I am able to use different models and theories, to help individuals work through their issues in order to become more self-aware and ultimately, to move forward with life.
Whilst I work with a range of issues/problems, my specialist subject is working with individuals who have, or who are close to someone who has, a life-shortening illness. My experience within a medical setting, and personal family events, have demonstrated how a diagnosis of a critical or life-changing illness can change everything for all those involved. It creates a need for a massive re-evaluation of what is (now) important and what needs focusing on. This 'shift' in the meaning of life and death might be called an existential crisis. I can offer a therapeutic space, where we can explore the changes to your life, including looking closely at how to cope with the constraints of the situation.
I adhere strictly to the BACP professional code of ethics within my practice and I am fully covered by professional indemnity insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
Teaching and Training: I have 15 years experience lecturing in counselling, grief and loss and Mental Health Awareness at Weston College. in fact many locally qualified counsellors will recall being in my classroom. The best part of this job is being alongside people when they discover new favourite theories. Mine is existentialism. I find that many of life's problems can be due to a persons perception of existential freedom, the meaning and purpose of life, and the prospect of unfulfilled mortality.
Another top theory for me is Gestalt. This looks at the person as a whole entity, and considers the context of their environment and how they relate to it. The idea that we can get stuck in an unhappy emotional place, through lack of closure and a struggle to relate to others authentically, holds endless possibilities for personal growth and relational well being.
Counselling: My Counselling experience includes a variety of settings including GP surgeries, and a number of charities.
I have recently qualified to work with children and young people. I feel concerned about modern problems young people are dealing with currently. Suicidal ideation both passive and real, in teenage life has become a scary phenomenon. Many of my clients have been teenagers struggling to find their way.
Some of my early work involved setting up and developing a charity domestic abuse counselling service, which I'm proud to say achieved lottery funding status. Now in its second decade it helps both men and women to rebuild their lives after being in a toxic relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Counselling Children and Adolescents 2017
CPCAB level 6 Counselling Supervision 2016
BA Honours Counselling 2012
Certificate in Education 2007
Higher National Diploma in Counselling 2004
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Childhood sexual abuse
£45.00 per session
Initial Assessment & Meeting £25
Counselling £45 per session
Counselling Supervision £50 per hour £70 per hour and a half.
Concessions are negotiable for students who need fortnightly supervision.
If you think you would like to arrange an initial meeting to see whether you feel that counselling with myself would be right for you then call or message me and we can arrange a suitable time. At this meeting I will explain to you the counselling process and if we both feel it will be beneficial we can arrange regular sessions.