I began my journey into counselling when at the age of 18 I realised I needed to find someone who would listen to me. I believe that having counselling at this stage of my life saved me.
I believe that if you find the right counsellor for you, the counselling experience can be life changing.
Once we have met and had our initial assessment session, and have decided we want to work together, we can move towards finding the areas of your life where you might feel stuck, alone, confused. I will offer you tools to help you understand you, your life, and your place within it, to look at it differently, to notice any habitual negative patterns of behaviour and perhaps learn new ways to manage them.
I work from a Humanistic perspective, specifically 'Person-Centred', an approach developed by Carl Rogers who believed that the best way to help someone in distress or discomfort was to be warm, genuine and understanding. Within this approach I often offer that my clients connect to their breathing, also using some body-awareness, visualisations and any other supportive techniques that feel appropriate for their growth and understanding, this could also be through art or movement. These techniques can often really help when you might feel stuck with an issue and can't move forward by simply talking about it.
I have a long background in Buddhism and Meditation, having experienced many retreats both within a community of Buddhists, but also extended periods of solitary meditation. The way I work is very much influenced by this, if it feels appropriate I may offer something of this to you in our work together.
Issues such as depression, relationship difficulties, anxiety, sleeplessness, menopause, over/under eating, bereavement can benefit hugely from having the opportunity to hear your feelings about them expressed out loud in a non-judgemental, confidential space.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Person-Centred (Humanistic) Counselling (2003) and
I am a qualified Reiki Practitioner, using the Usui method of Natural Healing (level 2)
I have many years of extensive training and practice in Western Buddhism & Meditation. (I brought Buddhist Meditation to the Healing Fields at Glastonbury Festival in 1994, where it still flourishes today).
I previously worked in the media where I was a Graphic Designer and Editor on magazines, and later worked as a Communications Officer/Designer for a Trade Union.
Currently I am also involved in the music industry.
I hold a Diploma in Holistic Massage and a Diploma in Graphic Illustration.
I have training, understanding and experience of other therapies including, Equine Therapy (using horses in the therapeutic relationship), Mindfulness Meditation & techniques, Systemic Family Therapy.
I have worked with Couples, in Family Counselling, in a Boys Secondary School, and for Brook Pregnancy Advisory Service.
I have been in Private Practice since 2003.
I have been a Yoga practitioner for 30 years.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
Individuals £55 Daytime 8am-4pm
Some Concessions available