I believe that we all struggle with common themes of meaninglessness, isolation, life and death, and existence itself. Sometimes we need support to explore and understand these feelings and to feel heard. Counselling offers a safe, non-judgemental space where you can freely explore whatever brings you to therapy.
Generally, a person will come to therapy when they start to become aware of being stuck in the same old pattern but no idea of why and how to change things. It takes courage to ask for help, and if you are reading this, chances are you are facing significant challenges in your life like major life changes, bereavement, divorce, redundancy, relationship problems, parenting, psychosexual issues, trauma, or everyday challenges.
I am a humanistic therapist who offers an integrative approach to therapy, which means that we can tailor the sessions to meet your needs. This includes -
- Gestalt Therapy - working in the here and now
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Creative Mindfulness-Based CBT
- Art Therapy (using a variety of materials) & Sand Tray
- Brief Solution Focus Therapy
- Transactional Analysis
- I also use somatic approaches and can offer yoga therapy
I offer face-to-face and online therapy, following ethical guidelines laid down in the BACP Ethical Framework. My consultation room is a comfortable private, light, and airy room in my home, or I can hire private therapy if that is preferred.
I am originally from Northern Ireland but have lived all my adult life in Devon. I have worked in Mental Health for 25+ years since qualifying as an Art Therapist. As well as a counsellor, I am also a Yoga teacher and have recently graduated as a Yoga Therapist.
I am passionate about supporting others to find meaning in their lives and particularly interested in working with women approaching and/or experiencing menopause and all the life changes this period brings.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Post Grad Diploma in Art Therapy
- BA Hons
- Post Grad Diploma Yoga Therapy
- Post Grad Cert Mindfulness Meditation
- Cert Brief Soluion Focus Therapy
I have 25+ years experience of working in Adult Mental Health in a variety of settings, working particularly with trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, Personality Disorder, OCD and major mental health diagnosis.
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.
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