I am a therapist qualified in both generic counselling and addictions counselling, and have experience working in the NHS, in charity organisations, in residential, out-patient and private settings. I work with individuals, groups and couples at various life stages. I am a member of the BACP and abide by its ethical framework and code of conduct. I am also a qualified SMART facilitator. SMART is a science-based programme used to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. This includes substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, Internet use or self-harm. SMART stands for ‘Self Management And Recovery Training’.
I have experience in, and offer both long-term and time limited counselling. I believe that people typically have the capacity to be resilient, and the spirit of my work is using our therapeutic relationship to work collaboratively to elicit motivation and change so you can live life to the full.
I am experienced in helping people to explore and manage a range of issues including:
Addiction and the underlying issues and causes
Loss (including through bereavement, ill health, loss of role / work)
Anxiety, worry and low mood
Difficulties with self-esteem and confidence
Difficulties with relationships
Stress and work related issues
Repeating behaviours that result in guilt and shame
Working towards life goals including those that improve fitness, work or relationships.
Living fully after past traumas such as abuse or bullying
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience as a counsellor has stemmed from working in a residential rehabilitation centre in Southampton, a counselling service based in Surrey, and working as a Substance Misuse Specialist in the NHS. I specialise in working with clients who are struggling with any form of addiction. I also work with partners; family members and friends who may be affected by addition either jointly with their loved ones or in separate therapy sessions. I am experienced in individual, couples and group work. I work collaboratively with clients to identify their needs and work at their own pace. I am trained in and use skills from a number of therapeutic models including; Person/ Client centered counselling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Interpersonal group therapy, relapse prevention, harm reduction and 12-step facilitation.
I hold a BA honours in Counselling from the University of Greenwich. An FdSc (Foundation degree) in Addictions Counselling, with (Action on Addiction) from the University of Bath.
Level 3 Diploma in Person Centered Counselling, University of Greenwich.
SMART facilitation certificate and registration
I have attended a wide range of additional training to continue my personal development including; Working with Anger, Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding children, Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, Information Governance, Data Protection, Conflict Resolution, Mental Capacity, and Clinical Risk.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£45 for individual counselling
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evenings and possible weekends, flexible
Types of client