As an integrative counsellor, I am offering you a heartfelt space where you, at your own comfortable pace, feel safe to take risks in being and expressing different aspects of yourself - your needs, thoughts, feelings and emotions.
In order to facilitate the process of healing, I draw from such modalities as Person-Centred approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt, Focusing and Existential approach.
Being also a holistic massage therapist and a long term mindfulness-based (Vipassana) meditator, my approach is based on seeing the body and mind as one whole. This means that during our sessions, you may be invited to listen and learn the language of the body and develop trust in and be guided by your own phenomenological experience, which is unfolding from moment to moment basis
I was drawn to counselling due to my personal experiences of trauma and various addictions that I have been able to successfully work through. This personal experience has rendered me a sense of confidence that there is an immense healing power in each individual provided we have the ‘necessary conditions’ available.
For me, the aim of the therapy is to provide you with these ‘necessary conditions’ which would enable you to grow into a more whole, alive, self-accepting and autonomous human being.
There are many reasons why we disconnect from ourselves, develop false self or carry masks to function in society. These are all defence mechanisms which we most likely developed in childhood out of fear when we didn’t feel safe or our unique selves were not seen, acknowledged, respected and accepted.
The therapeutic process is a journey that we will be exploring together in order to gain a better understanding of the unconscious defence mechanisms which are preventing you to be in touch with your needs, thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Plymouth University as an Integrative Counsellor being awarded First class degree on a Level 5 course in Counselling.
I have been trained and working with organisations specialising in various addictions ie. Alcohol, Drug and Sex addictions.
I previously studied Law and obtained a Bachelor Degree in Law. I then worked as an investigator for the Police Forces for five years.
I practice yoga and meditation on a daily basis. These practices have significantly influenced my own emotional well-being and subsequently informed my approach to counselling.
I have a level 4 qualification in Holistic Massage Therapy. I work as a holistic massage therapist integrating techniques from shiatsu, Thai massage and reflexology.
I am a BACP individual member.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I am currently offering 1:1 sessions based in Bristol.
£35 per session
I accept bank transfer on the day or for multiple sessions in advance.
We will meet at the same agreed time on a weekly basis. Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
Notice is given 24 hours prior to the session. If the notice is not given, you will have to pay for the session time.
Concessions offered for
What happens next?
If you have any queries and you would like to book an initial meeting, please email me or call 07393 738 367. If I am not able to answer immediately I will get back to you as soon as possible.
What would happen in the first session?
The first session is an opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other. Its aim is to enable you to tell me why you are seeking therapy, what you expect from the process and how I could best meet your needs. We will also discuss our agreement which will involve the expected number of sessions that you may require, the regularity of our sessions, payment, confidentiality and the cancellation policy.