Welcome! If you are looking at this you are at a point in your life where you are seeking extra support. I can provide a safe atmosphere in which you can feel inspired to see things from a different perspective and to find out how life can be easier. Have a look at my page and get in touch to see whether working with me feels right for you. Call or email me for an initial session with no obligation to continue.
In our sessions you have the opportunity to explore in-depth issues of importance to you in a safe and confidential setting. There is no one set way that a session looks like. I see my role as that of a facilitator - I give you support and help to make sense of what is happening in your life. I believe that those things that are causing you difficulty can become your greatest teachers- but you don't have to suffer from them, and we don't have to work hard to get there- instead we follow a path of least action- finding the easiest route. It is my job to help you find that route.
I offer sessions to individuals as well as couples.
Contact me for an initial session to see how you can get support.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist, and my background is in 'process-oriented psychology', also known as process work. Process work is an awareness practice. It can look like “traditional” psychotherapy and can involve conversation, questions, feedback and role play. It can also work with movement, creativity, the body and dreams. The versatility of it means it can be adapted to suit your needs and interests as the moment suggests.
I have worked at Mind, a mental health charity and run my own private practice- face to face in Horsley and Nailsworth as well as on the phone or on skype. I am also trained in conflict mediation and teach conflict facilitation- in work settings and between couples, friends and neighbours.
My work is motivated by the belief that watering yourself down to please or to fit in or to not offend anyone makes life painful and dull. There is deep joy in being true to yourself and discovering and sharing those parts of your Self that make you unique.
A few of the areas I work in:
- Couples counselling
I consider it a great privilege to work with couples. Individual sessions give the opportunity to receive personalised help in a confidential and safe setting. Together with my husband I also offer workshops for couples in conflict facilitation and communication.
- Child-related issues
Being a parent is a privilege and one of the toughest jobs on the planet. It can be a great relief to be facilitated and receive support around the many issues that parenthood raises. How do you stay true to yourself while also doing the best you can for your child/children?
- Sexual abuse
It can be very scary seeking help for sexual abuse. With such trauma you need to feel especially safe and held in therapy. I endeavour to provide the right balance between holding and engaging that allows you to find your own pace to work through your pain, sadness and anger, in a safe and warm environment.
No-one can truly understand what it feels like for you to have lost a loved one. It can make a big difference to have reassurance that your pain is real, and that it will change, as impossible as that might feel in the moment. Apart from receiving support in your grief, I endeavour to help you connect with the 'essence' of the person you lost- the 'spirit' if you will- what made them unique and special. By finding a way to keep that alive in you, you can find a way to move on without leaving them behind.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
I invite you to contact me for an initial session to see if working with me is right for you.
I charge a discounted rate of £20 for the first session (no obligation to continue).
I charge £50 for individual sessions
£98 for a couple, in which case the session lasts 75 minutes).
A session lasts 50 minutes.
I see clients in Horsley and Nailsworth, and am also available for Skype or phone sessions.
Process work (or process oriented psychology) believes that everything is potentially useful. In Process Work, a disturbance such as a symptom or problem is not something to be overcome but an aspect of the personality in need of integration.
This does not deny the suffering that is a big part of this world. But the spirit of welcoming allows us to be with the pain and helps us to find meaning and even inspiration in what is happening. Rather than suffering from it, together we can explore the hidden treasures in what is stopping or hurting you on your way. After all, rejecting parts of ourselves and the world cannot work because we can’t eradicate them. How relieving then to know that there is something potentially useful. Instead of trying to change our natures to fit our preconceptions, we seek to find the purpose behind what is. Perhaps there is the seed of exactly what we need.
Great process-oriented questions are: How can I make use of all my perceptions for my own benefit and that of the world? Who in me wants to get rid of problems?
Process Work and mental health
Process Work refers to mental illness as an “extreme state”. The word “state” means a moment; a point along a line- it will change. “Extreme” refers to the frequency with which these states are experienced by the ordinary person, during every day conditions, outside of the psychiatric world. All of us have had moments of experiencing “madness”- falling in love, intense anger, seeing things- these are all altered states of consciousness. Most extreme states are experienced by all of us, at some point in time, albeit often only briefly. Extreme States have a purpose and are meaningful.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday-Friday. Early morning and evening sessions available
Types of client