I offer compassionate, non-judgemental, and confidential one-to-one Person-Centred Counselling, alongside the powerful work of Emotionally Focused Therapy (for couples and individuals) on the beautiful Dartington Hall Estate.
I use the Emotionally Focused Therapy approach (from Sue Johnson) to support us in deepening and ultimately creating more safety with your partner (couples therapy) or parts of yourself (one-to-one work).
As a Person-Centred Counsellor, I trust you to grow in your own way, creating lasting change and the life you want. You are the expert on your own experience, and the Person-Centred approach to counselling gives you the time, space and support to find your way through the issues you bring.
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) - repairing your bond
EFCT gives a safe map right into the heart of your issues, so you can slow down and unravel how you negatively see and react to each other.
The patterns of reaction you've developed have been needed for you to feel safe and whole, to live with the fears and longings that exist in you. And your partner’s strategies may clash with yours, making it feel like a battle between you.
What if both of your needs and ways of coping could be valued and supported, rather than them competing and ripping you apart? Might you feel hopeful again?
You're free to work with me on a short or long term basis, ending or pausing whenever you wish.
I love this work, and feel naturally able to empathise with the challenges that people bring, probably helped by some deep challenges I've faced in my own life. I listen carefully, including to the feelings and beliefs behind your words, and help you build clarity about your life.
The power of feeling genuinely accepted as you are
Whatever issues you bring, I'll be alongside you, listening without judgement, without giving advice, and will respond to you openly and honestly as a fellow human being searching for truth about life. We'll go at the pace you choose, allowing you the time to develop the trust (in me and in yourself) that you need to feel safe.
Feeling deeply accepted, just as you are, helps create a clearer connection with your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. This can result in long held beliefs coming to light, and therefore starting to change.
Whatever routes through life you wish to explore, and whichever you ultimately choose, I'll support you in finding and following your truth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began working as a therapist in 2004. Since the early 1990s, Person-Centred Counselling and other therapies have opened up new horizons in my life, inspiring me to train in them myself.
I've taken training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and offer this powerful approach to repairing your bond with your partner.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), I work to their robust ethical framework, and support their procedures in the event of a complaint.
I qualified from a BACP accredited Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy training at Warwick University in 2005, a course that stimulated a great deal of soul searching and growth. I am committed to ongoing training and personal development. Regular supervision also supports and develops my work.
I've seen varied private clients, been part of a University and a Sixth Form college counselling service, as well as counselling for Age Concern, Terence Higgins Trust, and a domestic violence project. I've also worked extensively in care homes and with people with disabilities.
I have a particular interest in exploring and supporting relationship issues, sexuality, spiritual development and life meaning. All welcome.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free initial phone or Zoom call for up to 30 minutes - ask any questions that will help you make the right choice about who you work with.
My standard 1 hour fee is £50 for a one-to-one session, or £75 for couples, with some flexibility if you're in financial difficulty – see the fees page on my website for more details (www.innerknowing.co.uk/prices.html). Sessions longer than 1 hour are possible, and are recommended for couples. Or call me on 07734 364362, and I'll be happy to discuss how we make it work for you.
Daytimes and early evenings (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) for individual and couples counselling. I've got occasional Monday/Wednesday availability too, usually just online.
NEXT STEPS TO WORKING WITH ME
Simply contact me (call, text or email, as you prefer) to ask any questions, without obligation. We'll talk about your aims, and make a booking when you're ready. I may have short notice availability, if you wish to begin counselling urgently.
WHERE I WORK – therapy centres, online, and outdoors
I offer sessions in on the Dartington Hall Estate. Full details including directions and maps are on the Locations page of my website. Telephone / online counselling, is also possible – please call me to discuss alternatives.
DO I REALLY NEED COUNSELLING? CAN I BENEFIT?
Deciding to come for counselling is a positive step towards creating a happier life for yourself, and definitely not a sign of failure. Whatever your life experience, you have the potential to learn about yourself and change.
As a Person-Centred therapist I believe that given the necessary conditions someone who is experiencing difficulties will find their own solutions. These conditions include, privacy, confidentiality, acceptance, a relationship that feels safe and trusting, time to be heard, valued and respected and the knowledge that I am working with you to help you find your solutions.
WHAT HAPPENS AND DOESN'T HAPPEN DURING SESSIONS
During counselling you may find a new perspective on your feelings, on your beliefs, and how you interact with others and with yourself. This includes how these things have been shaped over time by events and other people around you.
We may find barely known feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions about yourself, your life, or others. These can start to find a greater balance with the your developing awareness, alongside a growing compassion for your situation.
This process can be challenging, though I aim to help make it manageable. Commitment and patience are helpful, potentially bringing the gift of a more fulfilled life.
Counselling isn't about giving advice. It's a collaborative process which helps you connect more deeply with all aspects of yourself. The things that need attention, in order for change to naturally happen, tend to show themselves as we talk.