I'm a fully qualified counsellor and have over 10 years collective experience working in the following areas:
- Childhood Trauma
- Autism and learning difficulties
- Self-harm and eating disorders
- Working with carers
- Bereavement and grief
- Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Depression, and low mood
- Work-related issues
- Relationships including families and domestic abuse
- Chronic illness and disabilities
There are times when life can become overwhelming, or we may feel depressed, anxious, or stuck. It may be that there have been particular events or situations which are troubling you, you may have experienced a loss or traumatic event and feel ready to talk about it, you may be having relationship difficulties, family problems, you might be struggling with anxiety, or low mood, etc. Each of these can challenge our ability to cope, this is where counselling can be a useful tool to help provide relief.
Together through the therapeutic process we will explore the problems weighing on you and work to ease their affect on you, help you learn ways of coping and find peace, and improve your quality of life
How Counselling Can Help
Counselling/ psychotherapy is a process where we can examine, talk about, reflect on, and explore our lives and the experiences we are going through. Using our feelings, thoughts, sensations and emotions we can begin to find a way to get in touch with our sense of self and our experiencing. Counselling can help us become more attuned to our bodily sensations- we feel our feelings in our bodies, not in our brain. Gradually we can find ways of moving forward in our lives again. The good news is that counselling can actually influence and change the neural pathways in your brain; physical and emotional change is possible.
What to expect in your first session
Often at the beginning we will discuss what has been going on for you and give you a chance to talk about what has brought you to seek therapy. We will discuss your goals for therapy- this could involve addressing things from your past through exploratory dialogue, or learning new ways of coping, or addressing a key relationship issue or symptoms of anxiety, and having a safe space to offload. A goal helps lay out a path to help you get the most out of therapy. By working together to free up what is stuck, we navigate a way through the maze that life can feel like, and forward into clarity and understanding. I make sure to check in with you on how you feel therapy is going, and to bring the processes of therapy into the room. Therapy will move at your pace; you can share as much or as little as possible and take your time to explore deeper topics
How I can help
I offer short-term counselling (around 6-8 weeks) where we address an immediate issue in the hear-and-now, and psychotherapy which tends to be longer term and helps manage a range and depth of issues that have become embedded in your life. I provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore what has been weighing on you while listening and responding in a way that helps you better understand yourself and make sense of your troubles. My approach is flexible and depends on the needs and character of the individual. I believe that each individual client requires their own individualised approach in therapy, and that there are many types of therapy models that could help.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified, experienced and registered counsellor (MBACP). As a pluralistic counsellor I have trained in a variety of types of counselling including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, and Narrative Therapy. My specialist interest is in Transactional Analysis which I have undertaken further post-graduate training in- this is a developmental model in psychotherapy which focuses on interpersonal relationships and communication, it asks how we became the way we are, looks at ways to help us make sense of what is going on in the present, and promotes personal growth and change.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (PGdip)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (PGcert)
- Bachelors of Science in Sociology (BSc)
- Diploma in Behavioural Science (dipHE)
- Moving Your Practice Online- Telehealth Course (Recognised by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis (Recognised by the International Transactional Analysis Association)
- Managing Challenging Behaviour
- Understanding self- harm
- Person-centred approach to care
- Working with Mindfulness in Therapy
- Clinical Risk Assessment
- Protection of Vulnerable Groups
- Privacy and Dignity
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Protecting Adults Using Services
- Autism Awareness
Member organisations *
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 we deal with
I currently offer counselling over Zoom, telephone, and email. My fees are £35 per session.