With warmth and authenticity I am here to support you
Sometimes it can be hard to get what we need from those around us or we may feel we are 'bothering' others with our issues. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by what life throws at us, whether it's a problem in our current situation or unwanted thoughts and memories that are getting in the way. I will help you to explore your world and what has brought you to counselling. I will hold a safe and respectful space for you do to do this in. As we are unique so each person's experience of counselling will be unique. This is what makes counselling such rich and rewarding work. I am an Integrative Counsellor – which means I have studied a variety of counselling models and can bring a range of techniques and knowledge. I believe it is through discovering our true identities, values and self-belief that makes for a meaningful life.
I counsel both adults and children. I have worked in Education for many years and have a good grounding in child development and the challenges of family life.
As well as working from Unity House I am now offering home visits.
What I can bring
As an Integrative counsellor my approach to each client is unique. I use a blend of different kinds of counselling and therapeutic tools, such as Solution Focused Therapy, Person-centred, Transactional Analysis and Creative approaches. I am interested to explore your spiritual and religious beliefs should you want to, as these can be a valuable support; whatever seems appropriate and meaningful at the time. Please look at my Training, Qualifications and Experience for more about me.
I currently use Movement Medicine as one of my personal resources and have experienced how memories can be stored in the body. That can sound weird, but maybe you have had memories triggered when someone knocked/touched a certain part of your body, or you have a physical reaction to something which is unexpected and/or confusing. It can valuable to explore this.
I have successfully worked with short term counselling of 6-12 weeks. I am open to working in the longer term. Do take a look at my website and find me on Facebook!
Training, qualifications & experience
- I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I trained with the Ironmill College, Exeter, which included TA 101 and 102.
- 12 days training re Sexual Abuse (with Twelves Company, now First Light)
- Mental Health First Aid
- Mindfulness course
- Domestic Abuse and Child Protection
I first worked as a crisis counsellor with Women's Aid in Falkirk over 20 years ago. I have been a Co-Counsellor and I have worked as a teacher for nearly 20 years. I have a good understanding of child development and the pressures on family life. This has informed my work as aa School Counsellor in Plymouth.
I work on a sessional basis at First Light in Plymouth, counselling survivors of historic and recent sexual abuse. I have been working as an Associate counsellor at Plymouth University with with students of various ages with a wide variety of issues, from anxiety to bereavement.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Part-time School Counselling is an area I am moving into.
Initial consultation: £20 (50 minutes)
Further sessions: £35 (50 minutes)
I currently work from the Plymouth Natural Health and Healing Centre.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at various times up until 8.30pm and Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|