Hello and welcome to my profile. Entering therapy is a brave, sometimes daunting, decision and it is crucial to find the right therapist. That’s why I offer a free half hour interview where you can ask all the questions you want to and then you can decide if you wish to proceed.
Counselling sessions take place once a week on the same day at the same time if possible. Each session lasts 50 minutes but can go up to an hour. I have a consulting room in the heart of Penzance and I also have an office in Truro. If necessary, I can travel to see you.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society and abide by their code of ethics.
PS I always answer email enquiries within 24 hours so if you do not see a reply in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder.
The benefits of counselling
Having undergone 2 years of personal therapy, I know that it can be a life changing experience. To be given permission to express your deepest feelings, to be allowed to voice thoughts that may have been troubling you, to explore areas of your life that are difficult or stressful – to do all this in a safe environment where you know you are being truly listened to, with empathy and compassion – this can be a truly healing experience.
Sometimes, rather than dealing with the deeper questions in life – who am I, what is my purpose in life etc – we must first deal with something more immediate such as anxiety or depression, or a distressing life event such as a death or the ending of a relationship. There are specific tools and techniques that can help but the most effective way to deal with these often upsetting and traumatic issues is to talk, to really express what is going on in your heart and your mind and your body. This leads to emotional release which in turn, provides relief and peace.
The way I work
Every person I see is different so, to some extent, I adapt my approach to suit the needs of each individual. So while most of my time will be spent listening to you, I will not simply sit and nod! I will question you, sometimes I may even gently challenge you. I will not tell you how to fix your problems or change your life. But I'll be there for you. I will rejoice if you heal your pain and gain greater clarity and self-awareness, which will enable you to make better choices and grow into your potential.
Sometimes we may use therapeutic tools such as visualisation or the Rewind technique (for PTSD or phobias) but only if they are relevant and only if you feel comfortable with them. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis and I sometimes draw on these models if I think they may be useful.
I offer both short term and long term courses of therapy. A short term course may be to deal with a specific issue. A long term course would allow us to explore various issues that may emerge over a longer time period.
As for me, I came to this profession late, having spent most of my life as a recording engineer and record producer. It was in this environment that I learned the value of patience and sensitivity – after all, I was dealing with people who were often surprisingly insecure about their art. Unless they felt completely comfortable, they couldn’t express themselves. Looking back, it was very good training for the profession I am now in!
I have always been interested in what makes people ‘tick’. So I attended plenty of self development workshops, read lots of esoteric books and took an interest in alternative therapies, becoming a qualified Reiki healer in the 90’s.
As well as my time in the music industry, I worked for 10 years as a teaching assistant in the music department of a local secondary school.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (level 5)
- 30 years as a recording engineer and record producer, where the qualities of patience and sensitivity were invaluable.
- Teaching Assistant in the music department of a secondary school
- Part time lecturer at Falmouth University
- Self-development - mindfulness, meditation, reiki, rebirthing etc
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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