The current situation is having an impact on levels of anxiety, fear and depression; we are going through unprecedented times and it is normal and okay to feel anxious, sad or confused. We may be experiencing thoughts and feelings that we have never had before, or this situation has intensified deeper issues.
I would like to help you explore what this means for you and support you in moving forward. As part of my training I experienced therapy for myself and am passionate about the potential for counselling to bring about positive changes in our lives.
I am a person centred, integrative counsellor and my aim is to provide you with a safe and trusting environment where you have the space to be truely heard. Whatever you are troubled by can be spoken about when you feel no judgement. Talking things through gives you an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings and discover what is going on for you.
At the moment indoor sessions are not available, so I am offering counselling in different ways; both online via zoom and outside, walk and talk.
Having counselling online is not perhaps how we imagine therapy to be. However, I have been working in this way for the last two years and through experience know it to be effective. If you consider how we respond to films for example, you can recognise how possible it is for emotion or feelings to be conveyed through the screen. Some clients find that they actually prefer it, as it can be more convenient to fit around childcare and work for example. Our geographical distance also becomes unimportant.
To enable actual contact and yet comply with Covid restrictions I also offer 'walk and talk'. We are socially distanced and outside. It is a different way to experience counselling; we are side by side rather than face to face. I feel it is a wonderful physical representation of the therapeutic relationship; I will be alongside you with my support. Comments from clients, have been “it feels less intense” and “easier to explore my feelings”.
Walking frequently has the added benefit of reducing anxiety, which can be felt physically in the body and we can use the environment to explore grounding and calming techniques. Being in nature is energising as well as calming.
I have a therapy room for when we can return to face to face sessions, or for when the weather is not suitable for walking or sometimes we may rather sit and talk; I am led by you. (This is covid dependent).
Counselling is my primary focus; I am positive about the benefits it can bring. However, I also have additional qualifications in herbal and naturopathic medicine. There are connections between our bodies health and our mental health, that can be considered if desired.
I understand that taking the first step can be difficult, but it is a step towards a new you. If you feel that I could help you, please call me for a no commitment chat and I will answer any queries or questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Diploma Level 5
- Couples Therapy - A practical Masterclass
- Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
- Therapeutic Counselling - Diploma Level 4
- Counselling Skills & Theory - NCFE Level 3
- Diploma in Botano-Therapy (Herbal Medicine)
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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual 50 min £45
Walking therapy 50-60 min £45
Couple session - 60 min £65
Initial 30 min session offered free
Concessionary fees available