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Break free Therapy For Adults and Children
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 traveler ‘on your journey to feeling good again. As 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 empathic, 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 maybe 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-judgmental 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 peaceful location in Gedling that is close to all public transport routes and a 15-minute drive from Nottingham city centre.
I work with many issues and specialise in a few including, depression including post natal depression & seasonal effective disorder, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, stress, panic disorder, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, family issues (including children's issues), trauma, sadness, PTSD and supporting the recovery of survivors of all forms of abuse.
With children and young people I deal with all issues but specialise in depression,anxiety, panic and anger in children.
I have personal experience of major weight loss, 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.
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 work 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 sports club and I have a private practice in Gedling. I also provide CPD training.
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
Over five years experience working with young people with crisis and mental health issues in city centre FE college
Therapist for SHE.org working with male and female survivors of sexual and physical abuse
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Bariatric surgery (Pre and Post op)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
- Psychodynamic therapy
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£40.00 per hour
Counselling students of all modalities welcome
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon - 2pm to 8pm Tues - 3pm to 9pm Thurs 12pm to 8pm Fri 9am to 6pm Sat 9am to 5pm Wednesday by request only
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|