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I specialise working with loss,grief and bereavement with adults, young people, children and families. I also work with the many different issues that clients bring to sessions in an integrative approach.
I have been a qualified counsellor for 14 years and a supervisor for 4 years. My background is working in schools and family support with in Sure Start Children Centres.
I am a very calm and empathetic counsellor and believe very much in the process of the relationship between the client and the counsellor and the baring this has on bringing about positive change. I understand each client is an individual and will have a very different story. I respect this and work towards building a place where the clients feel comfortable to have and hear their own voice and work on development of the skills and resourses they already hold in order to support you in your future endeavours.
I am a warm and friendly person and believe that counselling can also allow and give time to celebrate the joys, excitement and fun in life when they come up in order to have a balance and normality within the relationship.
Counselling for Adults
Our lives are constantly changing and sometimes these changes can have a huge impact on us. It may be that you find yourself unable to deal with situations in ways that are helpful for you. This may lead you to feel differently about yourself and others. Change can be a positive thing and sometimes we need support to understand how to adapt and manage the way we feel about this and the environment we live in.
Counselling for teenagers and young people
Counselling can support Y.P by giving them the opportunity to express how they feel and find strategies that may help them manage. For children this may be through approaches that incorporate play and creative methods. When working with children it may be helpful to include family members if this is deemed helpful.
For some teenagers and young people, growing up can be very challenging. This can come from many different areas such as having to make decisions about your future, to managing your friendships and relationships with friends and family.
It can often be a confusing time, leading to high levels of anxiety and stress. It may be that you have found ways to cope and control these issues that can be more damaging than helpful to your life.
Counselling can be a way to promote a more healthy means to managing your difficulties by finding other strategies and supporting positive communication. Sometimes it can just be helpful to have someone that really wants to hear what YOU have to say.
At present I work within my own private practice working with adults and young people and trained as an integrative counsellor. I work in a person centred approach mainly whilst integrating other methods such as, T.A, gestalt, C.B.T that may support the client. As I counsel young people and children I work in a creative medium also, using art, sand tray and other creative approaches..
I work with issues such as anxiety, loss, stress, bereavement, personal development, self esteem,
self harm and parenting issues.
I with the charity Children and Families in Grief as a sessional therapist and with Torbay carers emotional support scheme.
As a member of the NCPS I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and the values and principle that are practiced within this.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Supervision(The Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy 2019)
Diploma in Children and Young people (The Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy 2013)
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, BACP Accredited, (Iron Mill Institute, Exeter 2009}
Certificate in Counselling (Iron Mill Institute, Exeter 2006)
Degree in Psychology, (BSc(H) Open University 2002,)
Mental Health in Adolescents 2018
Nature Therapy 2018
Systemic Practice Training: Intermediate level 2016/2017
Working with eating disorder 2018
Brief-Solution Focus Training (2009) CAHMS
Sand Play Therapy Workshop(2009)
Webster Stratton :Incredible Years: Parenting Programme (2007) NHS
Childline counselling course: (2002) Childline
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 - £50.00
Free initial telephone session
When I work
9.00am until 6.00pm
I work from home and have a comfortable room with own access. There is parking available. I have one step into the house so possible wheel chair access..