The reason I chose to become a therapeutic counsellor is because I recognised from personal and professional experience the healing that occurs simply through talking. After many years of working with young people and adults in a variety of pastoral and counselling roles, I have seen the value of giving someone a safe space and opportunity to talk about the challenging life experiences that cause emotional distress. I have also seen how the physical and emotional well-being of an individual improves after being given an opportunity to talk through difficulties that cause uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.
Sometimes it is not possible to speak with those closest to us because it may feel you are being a burden or that they offer you opinions and advice, rather than just listening. Feeling heard and accepted without the risk of saying something that may upset the listener is incredibly important and therefore my aim is to offer you a space where you can speak freely and honestly about the experiences that you need to talk through.
I also understand that sometimes, it is too difficult to find the words to match how you feel and so I encourage working creatively wherever possible. However, I also know that this is not a suitable approach for everyone and talking alone is more beneficial.
In my experience of allowing individuals to work creatively, I have witnessed positive steps in healing and uncovering the unknown elements of emotional turmoil. A simple drawing of a shape, a squiggle, a match stick person or a water colour; there are no rules in how I offer you the space to creatively express yourself. Some people find connection with the written words of a song, book, or personal journal and I encourage you to use these where appropriate in sessions if they help you to express and explore why they hold meaning for you.
In addition to my skills and knowledge as a counsellor, I have over twenty years of experience working with young people between secondary and university age, supporting the well-being needs of the individual. I am particularly passionate about supporting young people and feel that this is my main area of expertise. I have held the position of Safeguarding Lead and Pastoral Officer in secondary education and have a considerable amount of experience working with a multi-agency approach, especially with young people who are at risk of exclusion and are receiving support from Early help or child protection/child in need plans. I have also held the position of Learning Support Lecturer in post 16 education, where I was responsible for providing the correct support and intervention for students, specifically with mental health difficulties.
As well as having my own counselling practice, I also work as a volunteer counsellor, for a local youth service and am part of a team of volunteers who work to provide confidential support to young people between 13-25 years.
Despite my expertise and experience being mainly with young people, I am also experienced working with adults with mental health difficulties or who would be considered vulnerable. I also have experience of supporting those who have experienced pregnancy loss and fertility issues and have particular interest in supporting anyone affected by the painful experiences surrounding this.
If you feel you are ready to start talking about the issues that are causing you challenges, then please do contact me on the details provided. I am now running face to sessions in a location central to Chichester town centre.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (HONS) in Humanistic Counselling
- Mental Health First Aid
- Registered member of the BACP (MBACP)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session
Concessions offered for
£40 per 50 minute session.
Please contact me with your availability and I will aim to fit in with your schedule wherever possible.
Sessions should run at the same time and on the same day on a weekly basis.