Life can sometimes leave us feeling stuck, or on our own. Fear, anxiety and self-doubt can keep us there. You don't have to be alone in this; I'm here for you to help you talk things through. I know how much courage it takes to come to counselling, having been in therapy myself. At the root of the pain is a part of ourselves that has been hurt, usually in early life - hence this part is known as the "inner child". Our inner child can remain hurt and frightened long into adult life, continuing to affect us by keeping us stuck in patterns of painful situations and anxieties.
Therapy can put us in touch with our inner child and heal the original wounds that continue to cause the pain. The thought of doing this can be very frightening; we all have feelings and/or memories that are painful, and we fear being overwhelmed by them. However, it's a bit like peeling an onion - we look at things a layer at a time, to the extent that you want to. So you are always in control, and every insight helps to reduce the pain.
People wonder what counselling and psychotherapy are about, and what the difference is. Well it's simple really; counselling is about talking through a particular issue to gain clarity about thoughts and feelings, while psychotherapy focuses more deeply on the limiting beliefs that are "programming" us outside of our awareness and holding us back. The mind has a great wisdom of its own, and knows if and when to show us what is in the unconscious. Gaining insight can be a great release, and when we change our thoughts we can change our whole life.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Hons in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Middlesex)
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCI College Dublin)
Licenced NLP Practitioner (Irish Institute of Neuro Linguistic Programming)
Registered Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Registered Member of NCS (National Counselling Society)
I have worked in Cruse Bereavement Care, Save our Sons and Daughters, Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Programme and the Samaritans.
Apart from being highly qualified, I bring my own personal qualities that cannot be learned - intuition, compassion, insight and non-judgemental listening.
I use a range of psychotherapeutic approaches - here's a brief explanation of what they are:
- Cognitive Behavioural:
- Using CBT techniques to manage and counteract unhelpful thoughts and beliefs
- Person Centred:
- Recognising, honouring and valuing the unique individuality of each person
- Detecting themes and images that provide insight into what the unconscious mind is telling us
- Accessing the wisdom that is also held in the unconscious mind.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Session fee is £40 an hour.
Notice of cancellation is required 24 hours in advance.
I see clients in the evenings and Saturday morning as well as during the day
I also run workshops for groups on subject areas including building self esteem, understanding our own emotions and connecting with our own inner child.