Life is not easy and sometimes we just need a little help to see things in a different light. Sometimes it is from our past, sometimes it is in our present and sometimes it is concerns for the future.
My style of counselling is best described as conversational and integrative. I know how hard it can be for clients to confide in strangers, even professional counsellors like myself, so I make the process as easy and as relaxed as possible. I recognise everyone's beliefs are different and I offer a safe, confidential space to be listened to. Sometimes just this in itself is enough for someone to organise and verbalise their thoughts in order that they can move on.
But sometimes the issues are more deep routed and need bringing to the surface before we can deal with them. This may require more thought provoking work with a client. Sometimes however people do have an insight into themselves and why they feel the way they do but again do not know how to move on. I work closely and gently with clients to achieve change in order for their quality of life to improve. Sometimes this does involve challenging beliefs held and dealing with negative thoughts in a practical way and I support clients as they develop new skills to make the changes they want.
I genuinely enjoy working with clients as everyone, as well as their issues, are different and this ensures that I stay fresh and relevant in my thinking and skills.
I can't, and don't, promise miracles. I can however promise honesty, respect and an open mind as well as my skills as a counsellor. I also recognise that some clients may not be ready to fully deal with some issues yet but even in those cases the client will always have more insight into themselves at the end of the sessions than they expected to at the start. And when they are ready they will find it easier to know how to do that.
I work with all client issues such as stress, assertiveness, depression, anger, relationships etc and I also specialise in addiction issues - be it food, alcohol, gambling, drugs etc for which online counselling is especially helpful.
I am a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Coach and provide such services in Haywards Heath but because I also recognise that time is sometimes difficult to make for oneself, I also offer my services online by Skype or email. Whilst I am a general counsellor and coach, I specialise in issues around problem drinking and use a selection of different ways to aid recovery.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
Diploma as Alcohol Control Specialist
Workshops in new thinking in Bereavement, Alchohol abuse, Cognitive Therapy for addictions, Working with personality disporders etc,
OCST - Online Counselling Skills Certificate
Online Therapy Institute - Verified for Online work via Skype
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Face to Face Counselling - £38.00 per session
Counselling by Email - £28.00 per single email
Counselling by Skype (Webcam and voice) - £38.00
(Please see website www.justonesmallstep.uk.com for more details)
Days, Evenings and some Saturday mornings (by prior arrangement)
I believe that people do have the resources within themselves to change their lives. I also believe that, as a counsellor, for me to work with clients to simply provide insight into why they are have difficulties is not enough. I believe counselling is all about empowering people to not only understand why they feel as they do but to move forward and to make changes in order to live the life they really want to live. Sometimes people understand that they have to make changes but just don't know how to do that. I work as an integrative counsellor and coach and therefore I do work with clients in this way to achieve their goals.
I am a member of the following organisations:
The National Counselling Society
The Hypnotherapy Society
CNHC (Complimentary & National Healthcare Council)
Online Therapy Institute