As a therapist I profoundly believe that change is possible, and that every individual has the potential for growth. My hope is for us to develop a therapeutic relationship that will be healing for you. I offer a warm, empathetic environment in which to support clients with many issues including trauma, loss, identity, sexuality, and addiction. I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor with an arts background and I work in an intuitive way. Together I hope we can create a space for you to be vulnerable and explore whatever you wish to bring. Counselling is an opportunity to work through your pain and hurt, or it can be a place to explore a new way of being, or to work through issues of resentment and anger. We can work at a pace you feel comfortable with, and put your wellbeing at the centre of our sessions. Within the space of a therapeutic relationship I believe there is the opportunity to reflect and bring awareness to our thoughts, feelings and actions, providing a deeper understanding of ourselves and creating change as a response.
Mental Health Experience
As an LGBTQIA affirmative counsellor, with experience of working with trans, non binary and gender diverse clients, I also have experience of working with clients with alternative relationship models. As a member of the LGBT+ community I appreciate the political and societal stresses LGBTQIA individuals can experience living in a heteronormative society, and can support you if you are struggling with outside influences and cultural pressure.
Previously I have worked with clients in recovery from substance misuse and alcoholism and have a contemporary understanding of the concepts around drug and alcohol misuse. We can examine what you think the source of your substance or alcohol misuse is in a completely confidential and non judgmental space.
My mental health experience includes working with clients with a clinical diagnosis, such a schizophrenia and PD, who have a history of mental illness and I endeavour to work in a non-pathologising way; I work with the individual and not the diagnosis. Previously I have volunteered with both Cruse Bereavement Care and Mind Out, the LGBTQIA+ counselling service, for the last three years. Currently I work in a Drug and Alcohol recovery service alongside my private practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Humanistic Counselling - University of Brighton
- BA (Hons) Fine Art - Central Saint Martins
- Currently training in the Certificate in Couples Counselling with Relationship Scotland
- Complex and Emotional Trauma- The Lighthouse
- Suicide Intervention - Grassroots Suicide Prevention
- Cruse Bereavement Training
- Working with Sandbox
- Trans Affirmative Training- Mind Out
- Gangs, Girls and County Lines- Abianda
- HIV awareness training- Terrence Higgins Trust
- Motivational Interviewing- Scottish Drugs Forum
- Women, Trauma and Mental Health CPD
- Working in psychiatric residential services with clients with clinical diagnosis, including personality disorders and hearing voices
- Counsellor at Cruse Bereavement Care in Brighton
- Counsellor at Mind Out - LGBTQIA mental health service
- Counsellor at Recovery Across Mental Health in Renfrew
- Working with young women in care in a residential setting
- Early Intervention Project Worker at a Drug and Alcohol Service providing psycho-education and support to those recovering from substance misuse
- PVG member
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
I offer an initial first twenty minute meeting free of charge, with no obligations. After that I charge £50 a session (50 mins).
I offer low cost sessions to individuals who are students or unemployed- contact me to discuss these. I can offer either set blocks of counselling or open ended sessions with no assigned end.
Concessions offered for
For in person sessions I am available Mondays at 5pm, and Fridays at 11am, 1pm and 2pm, and for online sessions I am available Tuesday and Thursday evenings.