In this deeply unusual and unsettling time we are all affected, your life will in some way have been touched and you will be adapting to a new way of being. This is inevitably challenging, and may well exacerabate existing difficulties. I have moved most of my work to be online and on the phone so can continue to offer support and a safe space. I am able to offer some Walk and Talk sessions, ensuring social distancing is adhered to.
Whatever brings you to counselling, I will provide a safe, warm and understanding space. I am experienced in supporting clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety and panic, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, family issues, eating disorders/disordered eating, issues around identity including gender and sexuality, coming to terms with a big life change. I am passionate about the difference counselling can make and have seen countless clients finish our work together in a better place than they started.
How I Work
Primarily I work in a Person-Centred way, this means that I build a relationship with each client, I attend closely to you and your experience, bearing in mind that we are all wonderfully unique and individual. Two of us may go through a similar experience but what we see/hear/feel will likely be different. So by listening to you I seek to understand your unique perspective and what you want to get from counselling. I come from an Integrative perspective which means that I draw on a range of models to really tailor my approach to each individual. I will sometimes encourage therapeutic writing or use creative methods in or between sessions. I find Transactional Analysis a useful model to help us understand ourselves more fully and how we interact with those around us. I also draw on some CBT tools and ideas to help us gain insight into challenging situations or behaviour. I take a whole-life approach and will sometimes explore the impact of sleeping patterns, physical wellbeing, how we use technology and food/eating. My approach is always open-minded, curious and mindful of your needs, limits and resources.
What you can expect
We would have an initial no-obligation session. This an opportunity to meet one another, to explore what has brought you to counselling and what you might want to be different. We might talk about any concerns or worries you have about counselling and how I could support you best. I will tell you a bit more about how I work and answer any questions you might have. It would be full 50 minute session charged at my usual rate to ensure that it is a safe, holding space for you. If you decide to not to go ahead with counselling at this time, or if you feel a different counsellor would better suit you, that is absolutely fine. If you do decide you would like to work together we would then talk together about the best direction for us to take and how many sessions we might want to meet for. I am experienced in both short-term counselling (generally 6-12 sessions) and longer term and am happy to work with you for as few, or as many, sessions as you think you need. We will have regular reviews so we can check-in on the direction of our work and to help us to have a planned, positive ending.
Areas of particular interest
I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues, however I do have a few areas of particular interest:
I am especially keen to work with issues of identity and how you relate to the world and people around you. I have worked for an LGBT service and value the opportunity to support those who may want to work through issues relating to their sexuality or gender, including the process of transitioning.
I am also a trained youthworker with 17 years experience working with young people aged between 11 and 25. I have worked as a counsellor for a young persons' mental health charity, and have experience in both a college and secondary school environment. I am aware of the unique challenges adolescents and young adults face and work to provide a safe space to talk as well as sharing tools and ideas to build resilience and self-awareness.
I am keen to support those who struggle with their weight, eating or have an eating disorder, including Binge Eating Disorder. Or perhaps you may not struggle with your weight but would prefer to have a healthier relationship with food. Counselling can give you a deeper understanding of the reasons behind your struggle and enable you to make positive changes. I am aware of how dissatisfaction with your weight and/or your body image can really impact on your self-esteem, I will offer a compassionate and non-judgemental space for you to explore this and work towards a different way of being. I find it essential when thinking about body/weight/eating to be aware of the context we live in and how our society may help or hinder healthful thinking and our ability to make positive choices.
I work within an Anti Discriminatory Framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post-Graduate Diploma from the University of Bristol, as well as a BA Hons in Youth and Community Work. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of ethics. I am committed to undertaking regular courses to further my professional development.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am interested in supporting clients for whom eating/weight/body image may be issues. I think that getting a deeper understanding of how you use food emotionally can help change patterns of behaviour, whilst helping to build your self-confidence and moving towards a more positive attitude towards your body can be transformative.
Concessions offered for
My fees are currently £45 for individuals. I am sometimes able to offer concessionary slots, please contact me to discuss if you cannot afford the full rate.
I currently have slots available on weekdays.
I am currently using Whereby, Whatsapp and Zoom.