Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile.
I hope to answer any questions you may have about counselling and myself.
I am Person Centered- so this means that my approach is Non Directive. It is all about you as a whole person. I am not an expert of individuals worlds but what I aim to do is provide a therapeutic setting, for you to explore the reasons that have brought you into therapy.
You have taken the first step by looking for a therapist.
I initially started off working as a support worker for women who were experiencing abuse- this was ten years ago. I worked with the women on a one to one and group work setting. I spent the next ten years specialising in Domestic Abuse and the impact that this has on people. Through my time in Domestic Abuse, I worked with Men, Women and Children.
For me, there is one fluid thread in people who have had adverse experiences in life- and that is that we need to explore how this has left us feeling, what impact it may of had and allowing our self the time to do this. This is when therapy can be key.
As I trained as a therapist, I worked with adult clients on a voluntary basis- I then moved my career onto work within Human Trafficking and Exploitation, I have worked closely with PTSD, Bereavement, Anxiety, loss and so on.
I believe in people and have watched people recover from some awful experiences that life has thrown at them. Being part of a journey, where acceptance takes place, is a true gift and this is why I work hard as a therapist, to ensure that I provide you with the right environment, so that you are able to process 'you' and look for the acceptance and resolve that you need.
How I work:
I am Person Centered and believe in the theory of personality and how it wants to evolve and move forward. It is the experiences that we have, that can block us as humans and lead us into turmoil- where we question life and who we are as people.
I can offer you acceptance, a listening ear and a helping hand. I am not directive but I am very in tune with congruence and how a person presents. What I mean by this, is I will work with everything in the room- all of you as a person. I won't only be guided by what you say but how you as a whole responds to this. Therapy can be a long difficult journey for some and for me I am very authentic to the whole process.
"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner. I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds".
Anxiety/Depression- I have worked very closely within these areas- I could really write a lot about this but if this is the reason that has brought you into therapy, it may be worth calling me.
Teenagers (18 plus)- a lot of my work over the years has been with teenagers. I believe that a therapeutic environment can be overwhelming for some, especially young people. With this, I will take the therapy outside- where we will walk together and the conditions of therapy will still be available but the intensity will not be as overwhelming. If this interests you then please contact me for further details.
Who I work with and where:
I have worked with a whole host of matters in my career. I see an individual and for me people do not fit into boxes- we will assess together, whether I can provide what it is that you are looking for.
I have bases in Botley in Southampton and also happy to work in the City Center and Portsmouth- I am happy to travel and see clients at their own address, if this is suitable. I believe that therapy in a comfortable environment, helps the process.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Person Centered Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Level 3 Counseling Skills
- Law Degree (LLB Hons)
- Domestic Abuse training and the impact on young people
- Child protection Awareness Programme
- Child Sexual Abuse- making it everyone's business
- Motivational Interviewing
- Listening to and Responding to Children who may be at risk of harm
- Child Protection Training
- Effective Recording for Practitioners
- Motivational Interviewing training
- Understanding and working creatively with children and young people
- OISC training level 1 & 2 Immigration Law
- Safeguarding adults at risk training
- Solution Focused Skills
- Trauma Training
- GDPR training
- Adult Safeguarding
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic Abuse
As mentioned about a lot of my work over the years has been in these areas. I’m currently working in a specialist Domestic Abuse role alongside my therapy work. This is inclusive of training to professionals.
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- Our initial session is £35, all subsequent sessions are £40 and are 50 minutes long
- A block of 6 sessions booked in advance can save you £20.
- Please contact me for online counselling, as this can be significantly cheaper.
What to do next: You can contact me by text, phone or email to arrange a convenient time for our first consultation. Payment for each session is payable by bank transfer 24 hours in advance.
Cancellations: I understand there may be times when you have to cancel and or rearrange a session. I will try to be as flexible as possible but require a minimum of 48 hours notice otherwise the full session fee will be payable.
The therapy and length of this is determined by you. If needed, I will review the therapy after six weeks, you can at that time choose to finish or continue. I work out of two premises and will release these details to you when you contact me directly.
If you have any questions please let me know.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Wednesday from 10am- 3pm and also some evenings. I also have a slot to see a client Sat am, Sunday pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|