My aim is to help you to overcome the problems and issues that bring you to therapy, exploring them in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
I am a humanistic counsellor, and central to my approach is the use of Gestalt. Gestalt is a particular humanistic approach that doesn’t give people labels; instead I work to understand you in the context of the world you live in. I will help you to become aware of the patterns in your life, and to support you in making the changes you want to make.
I can help with a wide variety of issues, such as:
- Loss and bereavement
- Problems at work
- Drug and alcohol dependency
- Self harm
- Eating disorders
- Lack of meaning
- Relationship difficulties.
But if the above descriptions don’t fit what you’re experiencing please contact me, as my focus is always on your individual experience.
How does Counselling work?
Counselling is a talking therapy in which a counsellor provides a safe, supportive and confidential environment where the client can explore and work through difficult personal issues that are troubling them. Clients may also want to use counselling to get the support they need to make a change in their life, or to explore their thoughts and feelings with someone who will listen and not judge them.
At the heart of counselling is the building of a therapeutic relationship between the client and counsellor. The trust built up enables the client to explore what can be at times very difficult issues that they may not be willing to talk about elsewhere.
There is no one way of doing counselling. Counsellors will not tell clients what to do, instead giving the client the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings, uncover aspects of themselves that they might not have been aware of, and to build up resources and tools to help them in their daily life.
It is not the counsellor's role to 'fix' the client. Within humanistic counselling the aim is to support the client to be more aware of their issues, patterns of behaviour, and their own resources, in order to help them decide what changes they might like to make.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the University of Brighton.
- Certificate in Humanistic Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, London.
I have extensive experience in building relationships and providing support to people in a wide range of settings. My previous career was in a fast-paced business environment, so I have a good understanding of the potential stresses and anxieties that happen in the workplace.
I am also an Anxiety UK approved therapist.
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
£45 per hour, with reduced cost places available for those on low income.