I have a private practice in Wells and Shepton Mallet, Somerset where I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples.
I am aware that for many, taking the initial step to finding help for themselves can be very daunting. There may be an obvious reason for one person to seek counselling for example, a bereavement or relationship breakdown. For another it may be that life has become a struggle to manage from day to day without any clear explanation. Either way, I am happy to meet for an initial session to talk things through and offer my thoughts and ideas on what might be the best way forward for each individual or couple.
We all develop patterns of thinking and relating to others based on our earliest experiences. We may not question these or even be aware of them yet they can however influence how we feel and react to events throughout our lives.
Counselling can help us to identify and explore the underlying issues and emotional patterns which may have a bearing on our current difficulties.
As a counsellor, I offer a safe and private space where, through the process of counselling underlying patterns can be better understood, creating new pathways to lasting change.
Some of the reasons people come for counselling are;
Stress and anxiety
Grief and loss
jealousy and envy
sexual, physical and emotional abuse
Work related stress
All sessions are confidential within the guidelines of the ethical framework of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I see both individuals and couples for short-term and open-ended counselling.
Sessions last 50 mins and once a time is agreed, will be at the same time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with Wessex Counselling Service and Somerset Counselling Service, both at the time, affiliate members of Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF), qualifying in 2002 with a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
I went on to obtain the advanced diploma in 2014 which qualifies me as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.
I worked as a senior counsellor for Wessex Counselling Service for 7 years before setting up in private practice in 2009.
From 2003 until 2011 I worked part-time as a family counsellor at Clouds House, a private residential clinic in Wiltshire.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist (UKRCP).
I attend regular professional development courses and have supervision adhering to the BACP ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.