I offer counselling and psychotherapy during preconception, pregnancy and parenthood.
If you are experiencing emotional difficulties during these periods, you may be aware of the cause of your distress or otherwise be feeling confused about why you feel the way you do.
Seeking help may seem daunting. You may find it difficult to confide in and trust others. You may feel that no-one will understand you. Or you may feel embarrassed, ashamed and/or guilty about how you are feeling.
Keeping distressing thoughts and feelings to yourself can be isolating and overwhelming. Whatever stage you are in your journey, I encourage you to get in touch so we can explore your situation together.
I offer counselling and psychotherapy for a wide range of issues, including:
- difficulties conceiving and remaining pregnant
- baby loss/still birth
- anxiety and depression in pregnancy
- birth trauma
- anxiety and low mood after birth
- postnatal depression
- anxiety and depression during parenthood
I recognise that emotional difficulties in pregnancy and parenthood do not happen in isolation. I have experience of a wide range of mental health issues. Whatever your unique situation, please get in touch and we can discuss your individual needs.
How can counselling help?
Counselling provides a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space for you to be listened to and understood.
Sharing your thoughts and feelings with a trained counsellor can provide relief, especially if you have been keeping these to yourself.
It is a space for you to explore and find meaning in your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Gaining a deeper understanding of yourself can help you feel more in control. It also gives you the freedom to change patterns in your thinking and relating to others that may be helpful for you in moving forward.
What happens next?
If you are interested in counselling or psychotherapy, please contact me and we will arrange for an initial consultation.
The initial consultation will take up to 60 minutes. Here we will explore what brings you to counselling and any relevant past experiences and emotional difficulties. We will also establish if I can help you or if I recommend other areas of support.
Following the initial consultation, we can establish a program of therapy to suit your needs. This usually takes the form of weekly sessions, lasting 50 minutes in length.
I offer both short-term and long-term/open-ended counselling and psychotherapy. Short-term counselling focuses on specific outcomes or goals. Long-term psychotherapy offers greater time and space to understand the more unconscious aspects of yourself and unresolved issues that may be impacting on your present difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist.
My training and qualifications include:
MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birkbeck, University of London
Diploma in Integrative Counselling, AIPC (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors)
BA (Hons) in Psychology, Management and Organisations, Lancaster University
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked in the market research industry as a qualitative researcher.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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