"We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding and true empathy. Yet, listening in this way is one of the most potent forces for change."
Thank you for taking time to learn about me, I'm looking forward to doing the same with you.
How I work:
As an experienced integrative counsellor and counselling lecturer, with a preference for Gestalt therapy, I believe that all people are capable of forging their own path, their own solution and their own way forward in their lives. My role is to provide the empathic, compassionate, and perhaps, creative space for you to explore and access safely the aspects of your life that prevent you from living in the here and now; creating stress, tension, pain or perhaps just a deep sense of unhappiness or loneliness.
Sometimes people come to counselling having experienced a significant trauma or loss which feels too big or too overwhelming to address. I believe that resolving these painful experiences doesn't have to involve revisiting them, but instead looking at how you feel about them right now and gradually increasing your capacity to hold and acknowledge the pain.
I believe that all emotions have equal importance and value and furthermore, that when we allow ourselves to experience them without censoring, we become more free to move along a continuum of emotions and more able to choose how to respond. When we reject the polarities that we ascribe to in life, we are afforded the opportunity to redefine our struggles; there becomes a strength in pain; an excitement in fear; and a release in tears.
If we do not acknowledge what feels bad it will remain unresolved and re-emerge at later points in our lives. Suppressing these feelings can be exhausting and can impact not just our mental health, but our physical health too. Thus, our work together will integrate with equal importance, all aspects of your well-being including your mind, body, emotions and spirit.
I believe that the counselling relationship is at the heart of the work we do together. The relationship is truly collaborative and co-created with your goals as our shared aim. As your counselor I will listen, I will help you to stay with your difficult emotions and experience them safely. I will provide the conditions for you to work through your grief, trauma, anxiety or depression, and I will challenge your thoughts to consider differing perspectives. I will work with you to re-establish the equilibrium in your life and uncover your true, authentic self.
I have recently adapted my services to meet demand during the pandemic. I offer:
- Online face to face counselling via Zoom. This can still incorporate many of the creative aspects of in-person therapy if this is your preference.
- Walk and Talk Therapy which offers the opportunity for in-person contact in the open air. This may be walking, or sitting in outside spaces (usually near the beach) or you may chose a more dynamic approach in which we work creatively - drawing in the sand, paddling in the water, or using nature based metaphors. Whichever approach you chose, often this truly shared environment which belongs to neither you nor I, can feel empowering for clients, particularly for those who prefer an alongside speaking position as opposed to face to face.
- In Face to Face Counselling in your home. I hold an up to date Enhanced DBS with no contraindications; and a full, clean driving licence. I will consider counselling in your own home providing you have a safe and confidential space, free from disturbance and interruption.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are as follows:
- DipCouns in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- MSc Social Psychology;
- BSc Applied Psychology
- Registered Member of the BACP
- Registered Member of BPS
Additionally, I am an accredited CPCAB Counselling Lecturer training counsellors up to and including Diploma Level; and I co-own a CPD Counselling training company.
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
- I charge £40 per 50 minute session (Online, Telephone or Walk and Talk).
- The first session is offered free as an initial consultation (approximately 30 minutes)
The first step in putting you and your needs first is to get in touch! I really acknowledge how daunting this can feel at first, especially when you may not have experienced counselling before, or you have not been ready to face your difficulties until now. Rest assured that this relationship is built upon trust - once you make contact we can set aside some time to talk through your needs and decide together if we are a good fit.