Feeling anxious, stuck, overwhelmed or unhappy with life? Whatever issues are causing you to seek counselling, we can explore these together to understand them better, clarify what you want to see change & find the next steps to make those changes. I have 23 years’ experience of supporting people through difficulties, including many years of doing so online & by phone. I qualified as a social worker in 1996 and then trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I have worked with young people in care, families and, for 18 years, with survivors of trauma and abuse so I am able to be alongside people in the messiness and distress of life and provide caring and skilfull insight and support.
Common issues I can provide help with
These include anxiety & depression; family and relationship problems; loss; managing difficult feelings & chronic stress; difficutlies / trauma in childhood; domestic abuse / trauma in adulthood; problems with confidence and social relationships, family & parenting issues.
I offer a free phone consultation to help you decide if you would like to meet. My sessions are 60 minute long and in addition to daytime appointments, I offer some early morning and evening ones.
How I work
I am a warm, empathic therapist and will work in a collaborative way to create a sense of safety so that you can express what is really going on inside, especially things that are complicated or hard to put into words.
I adapt my approach to your needs, carefully listening & noticing so you feel really heard & seen. This can include different therapeutic approaches including 'psychodynamic' (looking at the impact of the past on the present), mindfulness based cognitive approaches (noticing thoughts and feelings and practicing different ways of relating and responding); using creative approaches (visual, writing etc...) to unlock feelings that are stuck; & nervous system/ body-based approaches (understanding and working to regulate our stress / threat responses).
I see clients as the experts in their own lives & my job is to understand you so that together we find a pathway through what is happening.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP registered psychotherapist and counsellor. I have an MSc in Mental Health Studies, a PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (both with distinction) and a Diploma in Social Work (I qualified as a social worker in 1996 and worked with children and young people in the care system and prison for many years, later training specifically in the mental health field). I am certified to teach mindfulness. Having worked with survivors of violence & abuse for many years, my style of working is very relational & trauma-informed.
In addition to my psychotherapy and counselling practice, I am an artist and also the co-founder of an organisation for people who have experienced trauma and abuse and for over 18 years have helped to facilitate support groups. I have also worked on the NAPAC national helpline and am experienced in supporting people who have lived through various forms of trauma, childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.
I am fully insured, ensure all client information is maintained securely and abide by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Code of Ethics.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Weekdays and some evenings