My aim is to be an independent, facilitative and supportive presence as through our work together you discover and uncover the hidden strengths, resourcefulness and resilience you have forgotten, overlooked or do not realise you already possess.
By developing a therapeutic relationship encompassing a process of two way communication emphasising empathy, warmth and genuineness in a safe and non-judgemental environment, I will strive to understand your life from your point of view, helping you to unravel your thoughts and make more sense of any difficulties and relationship issues you may have.
I will help facilitate you to understand any issues more clearly so you may find ways to move forward with your life in directions which could be more fulfilling and less distressing for you. You may wish to use creative arts materials as part of your process to bring any issues to a clearer focus and this can be facilitated within your counselling sessions.
The areas I work on with people who may seek counselling are numerous and diverse and can include but are not limited to:
- generalised anxiety disorder
- relationship issues (with family members, friends, partners or colleagues)
- family issues
- self esteem
- adapting to change
- domestic abuse
- sexual abuse
- and health.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced Person-Centred Counsellor and I currently work privately with individual adults over the age of sixteen on a short-term or longer term basis depending on your needs and circumstances. I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to the Ethical Framework.
I have additional training and experience working within the areas of Rape and Sexual Abuse, Transgender, Young People, Stroke Survivors with Aphasia, the use of creative arts materials in counselling environments, and working with Counsellors and Psychotherapists of various approaches. I have four years experience of counselling at a Sexual Abuse Charity, three years at a Sixth Form College, two years at a Transgender Charity and an academic year counselling children in schools for A Place2Be.
As part of my training I have had my own personal therapy. I know how difficult it can be to make the move from thinking about counselling to making the decision to look for a therapist, to finding the right one. I also know how beneficial making the decision to look for and get that support can be, both from the work undertaken and results with my own counselling clients and with my own personal therapy sessions.
In the last year of my BA I also completed a Foundation Course in Art Therapy facilitated by Art Therapists from the Art Therapy Northern Programme, Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. Following that I studied Parent & Child Relational Therapy at The Institute of Arts in Therapy & Education. This incorporated various creative ways to improve and develop understanding and communication between important relationships which can also be utilised with individual adults who want to develop their own capacity to be creative and playful. You may wish to use creative arts materials as part of your process and this can be facilitated within your counselling sessions.
I am a qualified and experienced Person-Centred Counsellor and also have a personal interest in Creative Arts Therapies, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and would look to integrate elements of these in to our work together where relevant and appropriate.
After completing my BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy I commenced post-graduate study in Clinical & Community Psychology at The University of East London. This encompasses ways of understanding and working with individuals in a family context, with families and with communities, including Systemic and Family Therapies, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. I am currently working on adding creative writing to my practice for individuals and groups.
I have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Certificate and am fully insured as a Counsellor.
In addition to my ongoing studies, the following qualifications and training are relative to my counselling & psychotherapy practice and personal approach to clients:
- MA Illustration: Authorial Practice
- MA Professional Writing
- PG Diploma Creative Writing
- Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes - Professional Writers Academy
- Running Writing Groups - Professional Writers Academy
- Award In Teaching & Education Level 3
- BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Dip (HE) Person-Centred Counselling
- Parent & Child Relationship Skills
- Foundation Course in Art Therapy Theory & Experiential Skills
- Transactional Analysis 101
- Integrative Counselling Studies
- Level 2 & 3 Counselling Concepts & Skills
- Dip (HE) Human Geography & Environment (Open University Social Science Faculty)
I have also taken part in the following experiential and creative workshops and lectures:
Art Therapy Theory & Experiential Skills - Individuals and groups (x 9 days at Art Therapy Northern Programme)
CAMHS (Southern Branch) Conference - Emotional Regulation Skills using DBT, Cognitive Remediation Therapy and Motivational Interviewing
CAMHS (Southern Branch) Research Day - including Learning Psychiatry Through Films
Children's Safeguarding (at Place2Be)
Working with Metaphor (at Place2Be)
Children's Emotional Wellbeing (at Place2Be)
Attachment Theory & Self Awareness in the Counsellor (at Place2Be)
Working with Children & Young People with SEN: An Introduction to new code of practice (at Place2Be)
Practical Therapeutic Interventions to Heal Parent Child Relationships (x 4 days at IATE)
How Troubled Childhoods Affect Brains, Body, Health and the Next Generation: What we can do about it.
(Dr Andreas Danese and Dr Margot Sunderland at IATE)
Healing Through Attachment & Emotion: Individuals, Couples and Families - Emotion Focused Therapy
(Professor Leslie Greenberg at IATE)
Attachment and PACE: with Children & Families
(Dr Dan Hughes and Louise Bomber at IATE)
Video Interaction Guidance: An Exploratory Introduction ( at IATE)
(Jenny Jarvis at IATE)
Key Interventions: Thera-play, You-Me Games and The Parent-Child Game
(Dr Margot Sunderland at IATE)
Narrative Therapy with Families
(Mark Hayward at IATE)
Parent-Child Work Supporting Relational Health through the Arts
(Alison Eldridge at IATE)
Filial Therapy with Parents and Children - Parent-Child Attachment Play: a relational intervention.
(Debi Maskell-Graham, Big toes Little toes at IATE)
Solution-Focused Therapy (at UEL)
Systemic Family Therapies (at UEL)
Narrative Therapy (at UEL)
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 minutes sessions are held at a cost of £30 - £50 dependent on the location, day and time and may be negotiable in some circumstances, for example unemployed, older people or students.
Not currently available for new clients
Current venues available: