Hello and thank you for taking the time to look through my profile. I understand how important it is that you find the right therapist for you, so I will try my best to explain who I am and how I work below. If you are left with any questions or would find it easier to talk to me directly please feel free to get in touch.
How I work
I am a humanistic Gestalt counsellor with training in CBT and person-centred therapy, this means that sessions can be adapted to support your individual needs and goals. I offer a warm, welcoming environment and a non-judgmental, empathic, and confidential space for you to explore safely and at your own pace. To make your search for the right counsellor as easy as possible, I provide free 30 minute no obligation session over the telephone or video link.
I have a particular interest in bereavement and loss. I have found that loss has the ability to affect all aspects of a person’s life, and this has given me the experience of working with many other presenting issues such as, anxiety, depression, low self-confidence or self-esteem, unfinished business, trauma, LGTBQ + issues for individuals and their families, and many more.
For some the thought of counselling can be a daunting one, please be assured that we will work at your pace and only with the issues you feel comfortable to focus on. I understand that the reasons that have brought you to this page, may also be causing a sense of fear and uncertainty, and at times feel overwhelming. I aim to support you in this by creating an understanding, genuine and compassionate environment, and try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible to support your needs and achieve your therapeutic goals.
Animal Assisted Therapy
I also offer animal assisted therapy with the support of my Beagle Basil. Animals in the therapy room can decrease anxiety, lower levels of stress, lower blood pressure and heighten creativity, they also offer a support and safety when exploring difficult and potentially upsetting issues. You can see more about animal assisted therapy and Basil and David on my Facebook page.
What is Gestalt counselling?
Gestalt focuses on the whole person, their thoughts and feelings and their environment and the people in it. It uses the therapeutic relationship between the client and counsellor to help things change for the better by exploring how your environment (past and present), thoughts and feelings may be affecting you in the here and now. Gestalt offers the opportunity to work creatively should you wish; this can also make it a good therapy for people who find it difficult to identify or verbalize their feelings. It is a Humanistic way of working, this means that your needs, goals, and unique view of the world will be at the centre of our work together.
I would like to finish by saying thank you for taking the time to look through my profile. I wish you luck on your journey to achieving your therapeutic goals and I hope I may be able to aid you alone the way.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 3 counselling skills
- Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
- Level 5 Diploma in Humanistic Gestalt counselling with Distinction.
- I completed my Humanistic Gestalt training with the university of Portsmouth.
- Sudden and traumatic death level 2
- Awareness in Bereavement Care level 2
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in loss. It is important to recognise that loss can involve bereavement, it can also involve the loss of many other things, the loss of a job a home or a relationship, the loss of a plan for your future, the perceived loss of control, the loss of possessions after a theft or fire, the loss of a sense of safety, the perception of loss within a transition. Loss and bereavement can cause a sense of fear and uncertainty and it tends to affect every aspect of self and life and can at times feel overwhelming. For these reasons I offer short and longer term, flexible therapy as this gives us the opportunity to work at a pace that feels safe and comfortable for you.
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Free initial 30 minute telephone/Zoom consultation.
After this sessions run for 60 minutes.
face to face / zoom/ telephone sessions - £40
Animal Assisted Therapy Session - £40
Home visit - £60
90 minute sessions are available for clients who have experienced 60 minute sessions and feel extra time would benefit them - £55
My first appointment of the day is 8am, and the last appointment is 8pm.