I recognise that many people feel that they have no one to turn to, or don't want to trouble friends and family in times of difficulty, but they still want someone who will listen, and explore with them their feelings, thoughts and anxieties.
As a counsellor I can offer you the time and space to explore and reflect upon things you are finding difficult in life. I have a range of life experiences both personally and professionally that allow me to work in a warm, empathic and non-judgemental way with you. This, in turn, allows you to feel safe, respected and able to share your thoughts and feelings with me so we can work in a deep and connected way together. My belief is that by working together in this way, you will find the strength you have hidden within you to make the changes in life that you desire.
I work in an integrative way so that I am able to draw upon a number of theories depending on what you bring to our sessions, and can offer both short term and open ended work.
I have a counselling room on the outskirts of Gloucester that is easily accessible from the M5 junctions 11 and 11a, the A417 from Swindon and Cirencester, the A40 to Cheltenham, Ross on Wye and the Forest of Dean and the A46 from Stroud.
If you have difficulty getting out and about give me a call and we can discuss some options.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have several years experience working in the field of fostering, which brings with it an understanding of the emotional traumas people can endure, how those traumas have manifested and how they can affect people mentally, physically and emotionally throughout their lives.
I have worked as a volunteer intermediary for a charity that deals with the effects of adoption on adults in terms of adoptees, adopters and birth families. This was very rewarding work and gave me an insight and understanding around feelings of rejection, identity, diversity and loss and how that can affect self-esteem and feelings of self worth.
I have also worked as a volunteer counsellor for a bereavement charity, and a charity set up to support carers. This work has shown me how the trauma of unplanned and unwelcome events in our lives can affect how we function and relate to others on a day to day basis. As a counsellor, I can offer you the time and space to listen without judging you, and explore your thoughts and feelings with you, so that you can gain clarity and choose what to change.
My personal and professional life experiences have allowed me to develop my knowledge, intuition and sensitivity which enables me to be a warm and empathic counsellor.
- Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- Diploma in therapeutic counselling
- Certificate in awareness in bereavement care foundation course
- Certificate in counselling skills
- BSc Hons Social Work
Other training or conferences attended:-
- Mental Health
- Drugs and alcohol misuse
- Domestic violence
- Autism and ADHD
- Young offenders
- A framework for therapy and parenting developmentally traumatised children (DDP level 1 and level 2)
- Masks (how we put on a mask to hide our 'real' self from others)
- Traumatic death
- Working with prisoners
- Black men on the couch
- Life story work
- Self harm
- Attachment theory
- Online counselling and therapy in action (webinar)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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£40 per session
If you have any questions please feel free to phone, text or email me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client