My journey into the counselling profession began when I faced challenges in my own life that I struggled to make sense of. With the therapeutic support of counselling, I was able to explore my life experiences, develop insight, accept myself more fully and make changes in the way I live my life. This experience inspired me to undertake training to become a counsellor and remains something I value immensely. I am a qualified Counsellor working with an Integrative approach, this means that my work is underpinned by a Humanistic (person Centred) framework and I draw upon aspects of other theoretical frameworks, such as Psychodynamic, CBT and Transactional Analysis. I believe that we are all unique individuals, therefore I seek to adapt my therapeutic approach to best suit the individual’s needs. I place the therapeutic relationship at the forefront of my approach, as I believe that being heard, understood, and accepted for who we are can be a healing experience in itself. (for further information on how I work, please read below).
How counselling can help
Counselling is a process that involves talking about your feelings, thoughts, experiences and being heard. The counselling process can provide you with the opportunity to explore and better understand yourself and the challenges you face. Counselling is not advice giving or something that is done to you, it is a collaborative process which allows you to find and use your own inner resources to find the best way forward in your life. Counselling is not a quick fix but a commitment of time, that takes place over several weeks or months.
There are many reasons for seeking counselling, you may be feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings, struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or feelings of isolation and loneliness. You may be experiencing difficulties within your personal relationships or workplace or have experienced a life changing event such as a bereavement, divorce, job loss. You may be struggling with issues from your past or may have the sense that something just doesn’t feel right and want to live a more fulfilling life.
How I Work:
I work in a compassionate, down to earth manner, offering a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space where you can talk about your feelings, thoughts, and experiences at your own pace and be heard. Together we can explore any areas of concern to you, past or present, working towards making sense of how your life experiences have brought you to this point. This collaborative process can help you evaluate where you are in life and see things more clearly, explore the roots of your current issues and provide you with the opportunity to process and better understand painful, confusing, and conflicting emotions, thoughts, and patterns of behaviour. Developing deeper self-understanding can be very healing and enable greater self-acceptance and compassion, which can help you find new ways of relating to yourself and others. It can help you to gain clarity in relation to the challenges and areas of difficulty you face and enable you to make changes in your life if you choose to. Together we can work towards discovering internal resources, you were unaware you had and uncover barriers you didn’t know were constraining you. This can empower you to make different choices and liberate you from restrictive patterns that have developed throughout your life, so that you feel more able to live your life as you wish.
Contemplating seeing a counsellor can be unnerving, you may feel daunted by the prospect of seeking professional help, you may think that asking for help is a sign of “weakness” and you should continue to struggle by yourself. However, I believe that seeking professional support when needed is an act of courage, hope and self-care, that could help make a difference in your life. Please feel free to contact me confidentially by phone or email, if I can answer any questions you have, or to arrange an assessment session.
The assessment session is an opportunity for us to meet and will give you an indication of what working with me feels like. It is important that you find a counsellor that feels right for you and is a good fit. During the assessment session I will gather some background and personal information from you, explore with you your reasons for attending counselling and establish what you hope to gain from therapy. If we decide we can work together and you decide you would like to commit to ongoing therapy, we can discuss your needs and future sessions. I usually offer, weekly, 50-minute sessions, face to face, online or by telephone, on both short- and long-term contracts.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited Course, Gold Book
- Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
- BA Hons Sociology
I am a registered member of the BACP for counselling professionals and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I attend regular clinical supervision to support my clinical practice and in compliance with the BACP requirements.
I hold professional Indemnity Insurance and hold an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and barring service) check, certifying me as suitable to work with vulnerable adults.
I maintain Continued Professional Development to enhance my knowledge and further develop my skills by conducting research, attending seminars and courses.
I have previous experience of working as a Bereavement counsellor at a local hospice.
I work with adults, individually from all backgrounds with a range of issues and difficulties. I have previous experience of working with and a special interest in: Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement and loss, Co-dependency, Domestic Violence, Depression, Inner child work, Sexual violence, Trauma and Work-related stress and childhood trauma.
I have previous professional experience of working in the Police Service, so I understand the demands and pressure this occupation can place on individuals emotionally, mentally, and physically. I am aware of the stigma that is attached to seeking counselling and the difficulties faced by individuals in accessing appropriate and confidential professional support in certain occupations. I will work in confidence with you, giving you space to explore the challenges you are facing, free from judgement.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees and further Information:
£35 per session (50 minutes)
My private practice is based in central Colchester at Life-Force Centre, East Hill, CO1 2QL, which is easily accessible from surrounding areas, public transport and there are several easily accessible car parks in the area. The building offers facilities that are suitable for people with disabilities. I offer a range of appointment times Monday to Thursday, please enquire for further information. As well as face to face sessions I also offer telephone and online sessions.