I am a qualified counsellor based in Westbury and I work with individuals aged 16 and upwards. My practice is within easy reach of Trowbridge, Melksham, Bradford-on-Avon, Frome and Warminster.
What I Offer:
I can provide you with a safe and confidential space to talk through the things that trouble you. You may never have spoken to anyone before about how you feel. For a variety of reasons, you might feel it is not possible to talk through your difficulties with those closest to you. Just having me there to listen to you, to appreciate and understand what your world is like, and to not make any demands or judgements of you can have great value and benefit for you.
I will not make you divulge things you are not ready to explore. My overall aim is to help you experience a more satisfying life in whatever ways you decide.
Together we can explore your feelings about your current circumstances, but also look at some of your past life experiences. This will enable you to make some sense of how past events might influence how you view the present. Having this understanding will give you insight to make changes and help you develop different values and beliefs for the future.
The therapeutic relationship we build between us is a unique one where I am able to remain objective, be open to you and whatever difficulties you bring, and accept you for who you are. This may be something you have not experienced before.
One of the specialist techniques I offer is Sandtray therapy for adults. This can be very effective where clients have difficulties in verbally expressing their emotions. Sand is an ideal medium to help access unconscious feelings within the psyche.
How I Work:
I work with you on a face-to-face basis, our sessions being for 50 minutes and we will meet usually once a week.
I offer an initial session which has no charge where you can ask any questions and have the opportunity to experience how we might work together. There is no upfront commitment to attend beyond the initial session and we review together on an ongoing basis how many sessions might be necessary.
My premises have ample free parking.
Prior to working as a counsellor, I worked with a variety of people who had experienced emotional difficulties. I was drawn to counselling as a career because it helped me through a difficult time in my own life. In addition to my private practice work, I currently provide counselling at HELP Counselling in Trowbridge and have previously provided counselling at a local Women’s Refuge.
In all of my past and present roles, I have seen people gaining a better sense of themselves and their circumstances. Most just needed someone to acknowledge them, to notice them, to give them some time, to listen to their concerns, and to just be with them in what were sometimes their darkest moments. I found it incredibly rewarding being a part of their journey. I truly believe people can make changes and live more positive lives – I know this because I’ve seen it.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling.
Certificate in Mental Health Awareness.
Certificate(s) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies.
Safeguarding children training.
Extensive experience in Groupwork.
Volunteer Counsellor for HELP Counselling - Trowbridge.
Volunteer Counsellor local Women's Refuge.
Registered member of BACP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Those dealing with pet bereavement.
Initial free consultation session.
Individual counselling - £38 for a daytime appointment. £40 for an evening appointment. I do also have a limited number of places available where the cost is £35 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client