I spent over 10 years working in the caring sector, specialising in working with children, young people and parents. This was a demanding line of work which allowed me to come up against a wide variety of issues aswell as a diverse range of people. This was a rewarding area of work, however I also had other dreams. As a young person I enjoyed both sport and drama, and these loves never truly left me, so I took a leap of faith and engaged in one of my loves 'drama'. I enrolled in a leading performance arts college, at what many believed to be a late age for an actor, and achieved an Hons Degree, which I was and am very proud of. I realised at times we limit ourselves by 'ourselves!’. This process of stretching myself took me to my second challenge of studying - Gestalt Therapy.
Are you repeating the same patterns, not finding life fulfilling as you want it to be, sometimes feeling stuck, where did my life go, feeling fixed with emotions and situations, not feeling alive and wondering how you ended up here!
As a Gestalt counsellor I look to address the above. I specialise in working with all parts of self, I encourage the client to concentrate on their experiences in the here and now, exploring hidden feeling that may have been buried for a long time, at times keeping the individual ‘stuck’ unable to progress to where the individual needs to go! As a Gestalt counsellor I work with the client to recognise how they manage themselves in the here and now, allowing the client to explore new possibilities and opportunities. I am creative and explorative and one of the key themes to my working process is how we bring childhood issues in to ‘our’ here and now adult lives. Working in this way allows the client to fully experience, accept and appreciate their complete selves; freeing the client to move past pain, fear, anxiety, depression and self esteem. I believe by doing this the client is better able to discover who they are.
The service I offer emphasises that as human beings we should strive to free ourselves of constraints, which may have been digested by us as children such as - you won't amount to anything! or to be able to tackle challenges which we have to overcome now - I can not stand my job and I feel trapped! I believe - Lets work together to break the chains that hold you back!
Training, qualifications & experience
Prelimary certificate in Social Work
BA (Hons) 2:1 in Drama and Performing Arts
Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
Diploma in supervision
Ma psychotherapy psychotherapist training in Gestalt
Co founder and director of Janus day programme www.janussolutions.co.uk
Author of the book breaking the myth of addiction and creator of the resonance factor model
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.
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Identity and Self Awareness