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About me

I am an Integrative counsellor available for online or in person therapy sessions either “walk or talk” or in my tranquil summerhouse therapy room, based in Frenchay, Bristol.

By looking for a counsellor, you have made the first important step to help yourself, take responsibility for your life moving forward and to enable change. Welcome.

Becoming your true self and learning how to let go of the things that shaped or were done to you, and your patterns of relating which no longer serve you, can be challenging, messy and painful.  

But letting go of redundant behaviours and thoughts can also be rewarding and offers opportunity for growth. It is empowering and transformative and all that is required is for you to want this change to happen, and be fully engaged in the collaborative counselling process with myself.

Life experiences have shown me that we all sometimes need a bit of extra support to get through life when its difficulties may feel overwhelming or too taxing; when we feel trapped or unable to cope. Perhaps we are even looking for a meaning in the world and a point to our existence or how to connect in relationships with others. Perhaps life transitions have shaken up everything we knew; perhaps our past holds us prisoner in our future.

Our counselling relationship provides a safe space for you to tackle your problems more effectively, build self awareness, challenge your perspective, and learn to cope or allow you to find meaning through acceptance. I will also ensure you are seen, heard and feel accompanied when you can feel most alone; when it seems like no one else understands, you feel overloaded or isolated.

I will offer you a space so you can find meaning in your life or to explore inner conflicts or past issues by giving time to feelings that have been deeply buried or continue to play out in current relations. I will also enable you to draw on more things that nourish you and allow you to thrive.

Choosing the right counsellor for you is vitally important. For therapy to be effective you need to trust your counsellor and feel comfortable talking and sharing with them. By carefully listening, I intend to fully hear your reality of the world around you and how it effects you. In working in the “here and now” in the sessions together we will explore your good and bad experiences both outside the therapy room and inside the room and within our relationship.

My approach to our counselling relationship is to be present, genuine and supportive of you and the personal growth journey you are about to undertake. I have a calming manner but I also bring creativity and compassion to your issues. I will support and help you by providing a safe confidential environment where you can understand yourself better without judgement. We will work together to enable you to feel more equipped to deal with life’s challenges so that you can live in a more fulfilling way.

I will offer you challenges to your beliefs where appropriate if they seem to affect you detrimentally, and try to mirror back your perception of reality in order that you may grow by questioning, change or simply to accept. I believe that it will be in the quality of our honest and trusting therapeutic relationship, which will offer you support and chance for contemplation that you are able to become the person you hope to become.

My experience of counselling means I am not afraid to feel. I have been working through my own emotions for many years in personal therapy and I believe I have developed an inner courage and resilience to be able to feel whatever needs to be felt. I have been helped by therapists to feel what I could not bear alone. I also understand that your journey in counselling is your own.

So if you feel you'd like to bring clarity to your situation, change or accept your feelings about yourself and your life, or would just like to cope and feel more content, contact me for an initial consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training is Integrative which means that I am familiar with a wide range of psychotherapeutic theories so I am able to draw on different approaches to counselling, as and when they are most beneficial to you at different stages in your therapy and in our relationship.

My person-centred and Humanistic counselling training, means I genuinely believe you hold the answers to what you need to find your potential in your life and grow towards what you need. Therefore I will meet you genuinely and openly as human being to human being in a real, approachable and supportive relationship.

My primary focus is you and your unique strength and resilience; in my experience I know that some part of you will know how to use the space best for your own growth and healing. I believe you are the professional and expert of your life and issues and not the other way around.

I have been a counsellor with several organisations in Bristol including the Swan Project, the charity Mind and the counselling services at Bristol University as well as having my own private practice. 

My strengths are particularly working with compassion focused therapy (CFT), gestalt, transactional analysis, mindfulness and solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), but these are far from exclusive approaches and the most important aspect for me is the quality of our counselling relationship.

I obtained my Diploma in Humanistic Integrative counselling at Bath Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC) in Bath, in June 2018, which is accredited by UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapists) and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am also a member of BACP and abide by its Code of Ethics (2016). I attend regular supervision with an accredited and qualified supervisor to ensure my counselling work is both effective and ethical. I also undergo ongoing training and development in various areas in order to hone my counselling skills.

I am a fully qualified and insured Humanistic and Integrative counsellor who undertakes short or long term work and anything in between.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I charge £50 for a 50 minute session.

Further information

I am also excited to offer walk and talk counselling sessions. For those who find it challenging to be indoors in the traditional counselling setting, I offer the opportunity to meet and walk in woods and commons, in the fresh air and in nature in different weather and changing seasons. This can be liberating, moving and a refreshing way of counselling and building the counselling relationship together. It is a mindfulness based therapy which offers the opportunity to ponder, ruminate and be fully present in the body, mind and indeed soul. It can engage with the breath, be more relaxing and release physical tension. It is a form of therapy linked with the sense of freedom, connection and empowerment we have outdoors and being part of the natural world.

Type of session

In person
Online

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