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Are you experiencing depression or anxiety, or finding yourself seeking answers, or direction, or a way out of the fog? Maybe you're getting bogged down in spiralling thoughts that lead you into a funk that you can’t seem to shift, or you're feeling low or frustrated with some aspect of your life. If you're wanting to get past an experience or experiences that are hanging over your life - I am here to help.
Investing in yourself may be the best decision you ever make on your quest for answers, healing and growth. It may be a loss, a grievance, a traumatic experience, or perhaps it’s lots of little things that are dragging you down… it may even be anxiety that’s crippling your confidence or eroding away at your relationships, or perhaps you just can’t find a way to feel at peace with yourself…
No matter what is happening for you at this time, there is a way forward.
All change starts with a choice, choosing that you are worth it and that you are going to invest in yourself. The next choice is who is to join you on your journey, so whether you are new to therapy, or coming back for more, the most important part is choosing the right person for you to meet your unique needs at this time.
So, here’s a little invitation about how I can help you through counselling...
Talking therapy, either alone or combined with other (body-based or creative) therapies or healing practices, can be a powerful way to shift your energy, your thoughts, and your emotions, unlocking your pathway to wholeness, healing and balance, so that you can enjoy a life where you feel happier, and just more “you”.
Counselling can lead to greater self-awareness, leading to better management of emotions, relationships and overall quality of life. It can help you through processing an event, or through a crisis, or it can simply be a way of “getting back to you” again… perhaps, peeling back layers and unbecoming all that the things that were never really “you” to start with, so that you can be who you really are.
Your therapist doesn’t have the answers for you, and there’s no magic wand to feeling better, but what counselling does offer is space and support for you to access your own innate wisdom. Your therapist is like a companion on your journey of self-discovery and healing… facilitating you to find your way out of the darkness, or confusion. Whilst some people may come to counselling with one thing in mind that they know is bothering them, sometimes it’s not so clear-cut.
You may be thinking: 'where do I even start’?
For this reason, what is important to bear in mind is that our lives are intertwined, and don’t fit neatly into boxes, everything is interconnected, sometimes in ways that we may not even be aware of. For example, you may find you start on the counselling journey discussing a break-up, and end up focusing on areas that are seemingly totally unrelated, sometimes in unexpected, but enlightening ways.
My philosophy and approach:
As so much of happiness depends on the meaning we attach to experiences, I will support you on your journey in creating a new, self-defined, empowering and inspiring narrative, one that is filled with hope, meaning and connection. I believe the counselling relationship is a mutual exchange of learning and giving, so my approach is based on empathy, equality and empowerment.
No matter how lost, fragile, overwhelmed or broken you may feel, I believe in your greatness. As your counsellor, I will strive to empower you on your own unique, and personal journey, whilst keeping things real and grounded. My counselling style is non-judgmental, down-to-earth, responsive, and warm; and I will work at your pace, striving to support you in the way you wish to be supported.
I fully endorse a holistic approach to healing, as I believe that mind and body are one, and, therefore, where appropriate, I may share information on other therapies which you may find to be of benefit, should that be of interest.
Together, with compassion and curiosity, my sessions offer a place for you to cultivate connection to your self, your intuition, and to the wisdom inside you.
Whatever road you choose to take, I wish you the very best on your journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
With over seven years’ experience working in the field of domestic abuse, including working to support both young and adult offenders, and teenagers affected by difficulties at home, I have extensive experience helping individuals work through conflict in relationships (both intimate and non-intimate).
This also includes effective communication: how to talk so that people will listen, and managing strong emotions that can lead to violence or self-harm. Additionally, I have supported many through bereavement and loss, in particular: loss of relationships, and the death of a loved one.
The main areas I specialise in are anxiety, depression, emotional trauma.
I have experience working in 1-to-1 settings, and groups, and also training professionals in the field of domestic abuse and trauma-informed care. My work largely centres around helping people through unprocessed childhood trauma, which is impacting on their adult lives, as well as helping those who are struggling to find meaning and purpose in their lives. My friendly approach can be summed up with the words of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe:
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”
- Degree in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (B.A Hons)
- Qualified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner
- Certified Personal Performance Coach
- Qualified Yoga Teacher (200Hr YTT)
- Raynor Therapeutic Massage Therapist.
Over the years I have undertaken training in the areas of sexual & domestic abuse, childhood, and relational trauma, Complex-PTSD, and PTSD, addiction, bereavement, mind-body connection techniques & practices. I regularly work to update my awareness, skills, and knowledge, with particular focus on learning strategies that are of tangible, and practical use to help clients feel better. In particular, those relating to anxiety, panic attacks, as well as assertive communication strategies.
Professional Standards & Ethics:
As a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I adhere to their ethical framework and code of professional conduct which assures confidentiality, and upholds the values that respect and promote equality and diversity. Any information held is in the strictest confidence according to the GDPR guidelines.
I attend supervision on a regular basis to ensure that I am working ethically, and in your best interest. The supervision is my support and you will not be identified in anyway. I attend regular training to keep my continuous professional development and current practice up to date. I am DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked, and fully insured with my own Professional Indemnity Insurance.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
I offer a FREE, no-obligation consultation over the phone, or video if you prefer, giving you the opportunity to explore your decision and ask any questions so that we can see and feel if we’re the right fit for each other. If you would like to arrange a mutually convenient time to have a chat, or you would like some more info sent to you, just drop me a text or email, and we’ll take it from there.
Sessions are 60 minutes long - these can be longer for an agreed additional fee.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and occasionally Friday mornings. Evenings and weekends may also be possible if required, I'm open to enquiries.
Email replies: Please be mindful that an email response from me, may end up in your junk or spam folders - please do check these! I currently work remotely, so I am only able to offer phone or Zoom/Facetime video call appointments.