Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 31st January 2022
I am a BACP registered Integrative Counsellor, I draw from several counselling approaches but overall I am relational and compassion focused. I work with adults and young people (13yrs +) and offer a reduced rate for the initial consultation at £40 and counselling sessions thereafter at £50 for daytime appointments and £60 for evening appointments. I offer a warm and non-judgmental space where together we can explore any difficulties or challenges you may be facing and you can express your thoughts and emotions in a safe environment. I can offer face to face sessions or online sessions, depending on your preference.
What to expect:
At the initial consultation we can discuss your needs and hopes from counselling. This means that I can tailor my approach to meet your needs, where possible. It can take time to develop the trust and courage needed to share vulnerability. So often we face societal pressures and expectations for change and achievement; in life we may feel pushed too hard, too soon but in counselling we will work at your pace.
I use Mindfulness, grounding and breathing to help develop ways of calming, slowing down and reducing stress. You may be experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress, have suffered a bereavement or significant loss, be struggling with identity and sense of purpose, relationship difficulties or all of the above and more. Whatever your need, I am here to listen without judgment or expectation, to help you find your own way forward. I will help you to understand and make sense of your experiences and develop your own self-compassionate voice.
If you are a survivor of past trauma and abuse, I will help you develop a more compassionate relationship with yourself. Sadly, as a consequence of trauma we can develop very negative views about ourselves that we are 'unworthy of love, compassion and nurturing'. These beliefs are false, you are worthy and I will help you challenge any false negative beliefs and messages imposed on you by another.
I trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild, a leading specialist in this field, and use this approach in my work. I also use trauma education to help explain the impact of trauma, not only is it interesting but it also makes a lot of sense and helps you to take back the reins and reclaim your life. Trauma informed counselling reduces the impact and symptoms of trauma using very simple techniques that empower survivors in their recovery.
Counselling Young People:
If you are a young person or the parent of one, I know only too well, the serious challenges facing young people today who are experiencing pressures of exponential levels. With growing demands in education and the negative aspects of a social media existence, young people are feeling like they never quite measure up.
A Compassion Focused, Strengths-Based, Proactive approach helps young people identify their resources and recognise and build on their strengths. Together we develop a bespoke tool-kit of strategies (such as techniques for grounding, calming, sensory integration, breathing and Mindfulness) to help build their resilience and empower young people in this increasingly complex world. I also use creative therapies which helps young people engage with counselling in a more gentle way. Adolescence is a very tricky life stage. A large part of my work involves normalising this natural, but confusing and sometimes distressing, transition. Together we explore and reflect on different perspectives and choices enabling them to make sense of themselves, their experiences and the world around them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for a number of local organisations and charities as a Counsellor and Supervisor, including: the Southmead Project, Cruse Bereavement, Off the Record and Help Counselling.
For several years I worked as a specialist Trauma and Abuse Counsellor at the Southmead Project, providing trauma informed counselling to adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
I have extensive experience in working with children and young people and have been working in education for over 20 years in various capacities including: School Counselling, mentoring, teaching and pastoral roles. I have provided 1:1 and group therapy to young people and reflective practice to staff in numerous schools across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Whilst working at Off the Record, I was instrumental in developing a School Counselling Service for secondary schools in South Gloucestershire.
Additionally, I have experience as a Counselling Trainer and have worked as a Tutor and Lecturer on the Foundation Degree in Counselling at City of Bristol College, in partnership with Gloucester University.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I work according to the ethics and standards of the BACP Ethical Framework. To keep up to date with best practice I receive monthly Clinical Supervision and attend regular professional development events.
Qualifications & Training:
- Advanced Diploma in Relational Supervision (NCS Awarded), Severn Talking Therapy
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (with Distinction), Bristol University
- Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild)
- Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy for Recovery from Trauma (Compassionate Mind Foundation Oxford)
- Advanced Safeguarding Training: Bristol City Safeguarding Board
- Diploma in Early Years Montessori Teaching
Continuing Professional Development in:
- Art Therapy Summer School with Dr Marian Liebmann
- Symbolic Play and Use of Metaphor with Children and Adolescents
- Sandtray Therapy with Children and Adolescents
- Attachment and Neurobiology
- Relational Trauma and Child Development
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Transactional Analysis 101 Course
- About Bereavement Care Training – Bristol Cruse Bereavement Care
- Multi-Disciplinary Supervision
- Pre-Trial Therapy
- Counselling Children and Young People
- Family Therapy
- Young People & Addiction
- Sexuality & Gender Identity
- Mental Health and Social Justice
- Self-injury & Suicidality
- Bereavement by Suicide
- IBIS Training (Improving Behaviour in Schools)
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children and Young People
Trauma & Abuse
Bereavement & Loss
From £50.00 to £60.00
Initial Consultation - £40
Daytime sessions - £50 for 1 hour
Evening sessions (5pm-8pm) - £60 for 1 hour
Individual Supervision - £75 (90 minutes monthly)
Group Supervision - £115 (90 minutes monthly)
If you would like to book an initial consultation please call or email me. If I'm not available to take your call please leave a message, with your name and number and I will call you back you as soon as possible.
I offer long-term and short-term counselling depending on your need.
I offer daytime and evening appointments.