Empowering Therapy for Children and Adults in Gedling, Nottingham
Life often throws us a curve ball, something painful, unexpected, frightening or devastating. We all have coping strategies and sometimes they can be unhealthy ones. What happens when they don't work or they become too destructive or unmanageable? We can feel pain, fear, anxiety or depression and if we ‘carry on regardless’ we feel worse and our mental health suffers. So, we increase our coping strategies, we hurt ourselves or others and we feel life is out of control. If we still ignore our needs, we head towards dangerous territory and we find ourselves in crisis.
How we work together is something we agree on our first session. We work to stabilize the crisis situation you find yourself in. I work in two ways, short-term therapy focused on one specific area or we work longer-term and cover all bases. The choice is yours!
I spent several years in therapy because I believe in the power of therapy (you would not recognize the person I was) but also, how can I hold your hand as you go through this process if I have not done it myself?
I believe that we all have choices, we can all change, we can all make meaningful connections with others and we are all ok. I work with you, not as an expert but a ‘fellow traveller ‘on your journey to feeling good again. As a humanistic therapist, I look at childhood patterns, your life story (told by you for you) and how all these effects the present. There is no judgement in our sessions but there will be openness, honesty and confidentiality. Our relationship & connection will reflect how relationships work in the outside world for you.
Therapy sessions with me are warm and empathetic, allowing you to be free to express yourself in the way you want to. I use creativity, colour, music, literature, media and laughter to help with exploration of areas that may be difficult to verbalize. By observation, challenge and joint investigation of meaning we can open new areas of growth, change and choice for you.
Each client brings something new to therapy and I treat everyone as an individual as I know one size does not fit all. I learn from every client’s experiences and I am not a blank screen, I won’t simply repeat back what I hear if something you say affects me, and it’s appropriate I will share my emotions with you.
Who I work with
I work with both adults and children in a similar way and I work closely with other agencies if needed and am a fully trained & DBS checked Safeguarding designate.
What to expect
You can contact me for a free 15-minute consultation session by telephone and we can talk about what you want to achieve and how you feel about counselling. There will be no pressure just an open and non-judgemental conversation. I will be completely honest with you and if I feel I can’t help you I will let you know and help you find someone who can.
In our first session, we will discuss confidentiality and agree our boundaries. Then we will start to talk about issues at your pace and get to know each other and building trust. But if you have an overwhelming urge to let out your feelings in that first session we will go with that.
I run sessions from a quiet central location in Gedling/Carlton that is close to all public transport routes and a 15-minute drive from Nottingham city centre.
I work with many issues some of which I have listed below but I specialise in four areas –
I work with the survivors of trauma, no matter what that trauma may be – sexual, physical or emotional abuse, childhood issues, military service, domestic violence, controlling relationships or witnessing trauma. So, this means I work with the symptoms of being a survivor – disassociation, personality disorders like emotionally unstable PD (borderline) and narcissism, bipolar disorder, flashbacks, anxiety and depression to name a few.
I also work with children & adolescents across all the issues that growing up can bring, anxiety, stress exam fears, self-harm, internet-based issues body issues and relationship issues.
Anxiety and depression have become common in our culture today and I work with all forms of either issue ( postnatal depression & seasonal affective disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, stress, panic disorder, phobias) using a combination of identifying triggers, developing coping skills and looking at the root cause.
Finally, I have personal experience of eating disorders and have supported several people through the whole bariatric surgery process. So, this means I am able to offer a knowledgeable and experienced service to anyone at any age who has issues with food, no matter what those issues are. (Anorexia, Bulimia, binge eating and Orthorexia)
Other issues include low self-esteem, low self-confidence, work and school stress family issues (including children's issues), anger, divorce & separation, affairs & betrayal, gender dysphoria, addiction, bereavement, hoarding, panic attacks or generally feeling sad.
So, if any of these issues are affecting you or your child, if you feel stuck, if you have a feeling of dread or unease or something just is not right in your life, contact me on the details below.
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor. I have worked for SHE.UK providing therapy survivors of sexual abuse. I have provided mental health and safeguarding support for young people at a local FE college and I have a private practice in Gedling/Carlton.
I started my counselling career with Childline and spent over 10 years as a Counsellor and Supervisor with them.
I provide counselling for insurance companies and EAPs.
I am a member of the Scarborough Psycho-therapeutic Training Institute; UKCP registered and have regular supervision to ensure I provide a non-oppressive ethically boundaried practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP registered Psycho-therapeutic Counsellor
Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
Advanced Diploma in Relational (Integrative) Counselling
Diploma in Weight Loss & Nutritional Counselling
Foundation Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
Diploma in CBT
10 years experience as a Counsellor and Supervisor for Childline
Experience working with young people in crisis and mental health issues in city centre FE college
Therapist for SHE.org working with male and female survivors of trauma along with sexual, emotional and physical abuse
Safeguarding and equality officer for a major sports club
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Menopause and other women's issues
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
£45.00 per hour
Tuesday 9.30am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 11.30 - 7.00pm
Thursday 11.30pm -8.00pm
Friday 9.30am – 6.30pm
Saturday 9.00pm - 2.00pm
Counselling students of all modalities welcome