I was drawn to the work of Carl Rogers’ Person Centred counselling. I find this to be a liberating approach. The client is encouraged to describe his / her reality, perceptions and how they relate to themselves and others. Through this exploration the client starts to build and piece together their life's jigsaw. Once able to consider and see this 'jigsaw' it helps bring clarity and understanding to one's self. Collaboratively client and counsellor work together and the relationship is interactive and dynamic between the two parties. The hope with this theoretical orientation is for the client neither to feel judged, misunderstood nor quizzed. The premise is that clients are the expert on themselves and the role of the counsellor is to help and facilitate the client's exploration of self and tuning into the client's inner wisdom.
Before training to become a counsellor, I worked in the Defence and Aerospace industry for 15 years, including a period of commissioned service with the Royal Air Force. I understand the pressures of working in fast paced, demanding environments, whilst striving to maintain a work-life balance constantly juggling various commitments and responsibilities.
My specialisms are: anxiety; bereavement and loss; cancer counselling; counselling for trauma or loss during pregnancy or birth. Mindfulness is a useful tool for helping clients to be present and in the moment. We tend to either live in the past or project onto the future and if we are to bring about any change, we need to start with the now.
I work for two charities: Big C, a cancer charity at the James Paget Hospital, Gorleston; Petals, a baby loss counselling charity, at Ipswich Hospital. Private practise clients are seen face to face from the Harmony Centre IP19 9BB https://theharmonycentre.com/
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
Trauma with National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Sep 2017
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course, June 2016
Working with Cancer in Counselling & Psychotherapy, June 2015
Level 4 Dip. in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB '14
Cruse Bereavement Training '12.
Level 3 Counselling Studies, CPCAB '12
Level 2 Listening Skills, CPCAB '11
PETALS charity - still birth, neonatal deaths, pregnancy loses and terminations.
Private Counselling Practice.
Big C, Norfolk Cancer Charity - Counselling cancer sufferers and anyone affected by cancer.
St Elizabeth's Hospice, Suffolk.
Cruse UK Bereavement Charity - Bereavement Counsellor.
New Dawn Counselling Agency, Weston-Super-Mare - general counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 for 50 minutes
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Except Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends
Types of client