I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, a Registered Member MBACP (Accred). I am also a trainee member of UKCP, and have a foundation degree in Humanistic Existentialist counselling. I am currently completing a masters in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy.
I work creatively with clients in order to approach what might feel mysterious, difficult or distressing in some way. In this way I see therapy as a step into the unknown, in order for a client to experience themselves differently from before, in a way that can lead to meaningful change. As a therapist, I feel very moved by the clients’ material, and bring myself to the therapeutic relationship fully, based very much on my own mindfulness practice and attention to being with what is present for a client. I find it very exciting to witness a client ‘unfold’ over time, as they turn inwards and express what they are feeling at the deepest levels.
I see the mind and body as deeply in tune with each other, and the therapeutic experience is about exploring what a client is feeling inside themselves, at a felt level, or their internal emotional life. I encourage clients to accept themselves and their feelings just as they are, and to acknowledge any distress or difficulty that they are with.
In facing emotional pain, I think there is the potential to understand our emotions in a more effective way, just as Buddhist philosopher Stephen Batchelor states, 'Anguish maintains its power only as long as we allow it to intimidate us. If we try to avoid a powerful wave looming above us on the beach, it will send us crashing into the sand and surf. But if we face it head-on and dive right into it, we discover only water.' I came to be a therapist based very much on my own therapeutic journey, as I worked through relationship difficulties, anxieties and self-acceptance and see myself as a ‘wounded healer’. What I would hope is that what worked for me over years of therapeutic travels could offer something for others who are experiencing distress in whatever form that manifests. In this way, I see the work very much as a joint enquiry, as I respond to a client’s emotional experience.
When I’m not working, I find exercise, playing the guitar and meditation resourcing.
If you would like to find out if therapy with me would be helpful for you, please contact me on 07533 496568 or email me on email@example.com for an initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
2019: BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Registered Member MBACP (Accred).
2016-2020 - MA in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy
2015: MBACP - Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
2011-2015 - Foundation Degree in Humanistic Existentialist Counselling - Vale and Glamorgan College
2015: Private Practice, Natural Health Clinic
2013: Counsellor - Mind
2011: Counsellor - Cruse Bereavement
I like to resource myself through trekking, exercise and meditation.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I would suggest meeting for an introductory session to see what working with me would be like for you. From here if you wish to go forward we would agree on an initial period of six weeks after which we can review the work and continue for as long as is helpful.
'If you know you're the ocean, you're not afraid of the waves. The waves are still there, but you're not afraid - there's trust' - Tara Brach (Tarabrach.com)
'Transforming our lives is about more than just being positive all the time: it is the capacity to feel things fully, either in pleasure or pain, but to remain spacious and open. This spaciousness in our experience is not about making life positive; it is just being open, engaged, and authentic to what is.' Rob Preece
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some evenings, some day time availability
Types of client