UKCP Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Tutor
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Hello and welcome. Perhaps you've experienced some kind of loss and want to understand what you're feeling. Maybe you're having a challenging time and believe you've lost connection with yourself or those around you. You could be a teenager struggling with exam stress, bullying or abuse. You might be a parent and don't know what to do to support your child or find they won't talk with you about their problems, but you know they or you need help. Are you looking for navigation through your struggles? Do you want to break free from the experiences of your history that meant you've muddled through life not feeling good enough?
Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, disorders, stress, trauma, ill health, bereavement, phobias or more, I can help you explore your issues and relationships and find more meaningful and beneficial strategies for coping in your life.
I am an experienced and qualified Relational Centred Counsellor, Integrative Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I extended my knowledge in Counselling and Therapy with Adolescents via The Relational Academy in Cambridge and Infant Loss through The Infant Loss Foundation. I offer therapy to young people, adults, parents and couples. I also offer supervision/academic support to therapists in their work/studies.
I am a course tutor and Director at Scarborough Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute.
Details of my counselling approaches can be found at the bottom of my page.
I have supported teenage students in a school setting. I can offer support in schools for staff, offering therapeutic skills workshops encouraging creating 'nurture spaces' for struggling students or simply enabling teachers to feel better equipped to support the emotional needs of their students.
I offer various session times covering Scarborough and Filey.
What do I offer?
I create a space of safety and connection with compassion and non-judgement so you can explore your thoughts and feelings and how life's difficulties or trauma's (past or present) impact on how you manage and cope. I use sensitive challenge to enable you getting 'unstuck' from what may feel like repeating patterns of thinking and behaving and allow space for insights and self-awareness to emerge.
I believe that exploring your relationship with yourself, others and the world around you helps to deepen your understanding of yourself and who you are. This begins in the equally important relationship between you and I, in what we term the 'therapeutic alliance' which encourages new possibilities and opportunities for self-acceptance, positive change, and personal growth.
I often work creatively using both verbal and non-verbal activities. Examples of these might be supporting you to express your emotions or using pens and paper and being creative for e.g. It's important to note that I will not force you to do anything you really don't want to do and I aim to respect the pace at which you wish to grow.
I offer short and long term therapy and I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you have regarding the counselling/psychotherapy process and how I work, before you decide to commit to ongoing sessions.
How to get started:
Entering counselling particularly for the first time, can be a daunting and anxiety provoking experience. Most people feel similarly about coming so the best way to get started is to contact me and book your initial appointment. My aim is to offer you reassurance. Your first session is a beneficial way for me to hear some of your story about why you need me to listen and help. This allows you to experience how I work as a therapist thus working together to support you. You do not have to 'sign' up for further appointments if you don't want to, however, for the most beneficial therapeutic growth, I do recommend weekly sessions at first.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have Advanced Diplomas in Relational Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy and attended The Relational Academy in Cambridge to undertake a certificate in Counselling and Therapy for Adolescents. I am also an approved affiliate for the Infant Loss Foundation and Employers Assistance Programmes.
For 11 years, I've experienced holding my own private Counselling & Psychotherapy practice for adults and teenagers with a variety of issues and circumstances such as being a victim of severe crime, infant loss, culture identity, educational or work related anxiety/stress/depression, transition to adulthood, separation, divorce, self-harm and much more.
For 12 years I supported clients within substance misuse/dependency and have worked with individuals with behavioural or personality difficulties and with young people, children and families. My support extended towards women and issues around mothering and their body.
Having completed many Continued Professional Development training days covering various aspects of Mental Health, Illness and disorders, I also show a keen interest in areas of relationships, family issues, supporting young people, addiction, bereavement and loss (including infant loss) depression, anxiety and trauma.
Supporting other approaches to counselling, I have attended 2 day workshops, briefly covering other counselling techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Technique, Solution Focused and Art Therapy to enable and motivate people towards lifetime change and growth.
I also hold an NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care, I'm the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Scpti and First Aid trained.
I am an Executive Director of Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute and registered/accredited by UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and abide by their code of ethics. This register is accredited by the Professional Standards which demonstrates my commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service.
I hold current and clear enhanced DBS checks.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Your sessions are 60 minutes and my fees are £50 p/h (couples £70 p/h).
Late cancellation fees apply.
I currently work from quiet and comfortable rooms both at Scarborough Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute and from my home in Filey. I am a 20 minute drive away from Bridlington.
When I work
Monday to Friday 9am-5.15pm for short or long term work
What is Relational Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy?
Relational Centred Counselling draws upon much research in to what’s most important in therapy and what actually makes it work. As humans, we are born in to this world dependant on another and our physical and emotional development and survival, depends upon the care and attention we receive from the people around us. For various reasons, our needs may not be fully met and we are forced to adapt in ways that may or may not be of long term benefit to us, in our view of ourselves, others and the world we live in and how we think, feel and respond to all of this. If someone is seeking therapy, then something isn’t working effectively for them and they’re struggling to work out why.
The most important element of the relational approach is the co-creation of a therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client and the therapist having a sound knowledge of the dynamics of relating and insights that have emerged from a range of theories of child and adult development.
Integrative Psychotherapy, as the name suggests, includes a mixture of varies models and approaches to working with a client to enable the integration of the various parts of their personality. This process, including the crucial relational centred approach and the therapist bringing the integration of themselves along with their individual style of working to the relationship, aims to bring about a more ‘wholeness’ to who the client feels they are and how they express themselves in their life and relationships.
With self acceptance and understanding, clients can begin to let go of the restraints of what was keeping them stuck and begin to move with life without relying on outdated pre-conceived beliefs of who and what they’re meant to be.
Adolescent Therapy. From age 11 to 28 we transition through one of the most challenging, impactful and potentially confusing times of our developing lives. We are beginning to make meaning of our own relationship with extended relationships which can often depend on the support and guidance we have around us, particularly in the early teenage years. It's a misconception that once we reach 18, we are fully functioning adults so many 'emerging adults' as this stage has been named, are often expected by family and society, to understand themselves and others whilst they're still immersed in being a child.
Often the importance of the 'emerging-self' in adolescence is overlooked. I like to use a very creative approach when working with young people. I want them to tell me their story, their way, and support them in gaining a sense of direction that enables room for fun, growth and the ability to take themselves seriously.
I believe it is important to find a therapist, like myself, who has also undergone their own personal therapy at least throughout their training. When the therapist has experienced their own unpacking and exploring of their history and who they are in relational to others, this insight serves them well in helping a client to then explore themselves. It is also a professional requirement when becoming accredited by U.K. Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).