I provide video sessions only due to COVID-19.
I see my main task as a counsellor to be listening. I will always want to start by listening to your story, and to what has brought you to seek counselling. We can then decide between us where to take things from there.
I tend to think that what makes us who we are is usually a complicated mix of childhood and adult experiences, choices we make, and circumstances beyond our control. I will aim to use my training and experience to help you explore some of these things, but I will also want to learn about your understanding of where you are and where you want to be in future.
My training and orientation could be described as an integration of existential psychotherapy and Attachment Theory - I believe that understanding what makes us tick as human beings and as individuals can be incredibly liberating. I also have found that dealing with the world we find ourselves in and the range of feelings that it provokes can be incredibly difficult, and having someone to share this task without judgement can be incredibly helpful.
Children - I am currently unable to work with children due to COVID-19, however I can offer one-off video or phone consultations to parents.
My work with children uses non-directive play therapy techniques, it is creative and engaging for the child, but also enables them to find a route towards growing emotionally and finding tools to deal with their difficulties. It is underpinned by my knowledge of attachment theory, along with a sense of playfulness and fun. Numerous studies have found non-directive play to be a highly effective modality in therapeutic work with children.
Depending on the circumstances, I would usually recommend starting with 3 months worth of sessions for primary school age children. If you would like to find out more about non-directive play therapy, a good place to start is the books of Virginia Axeline - 'Dibs - In Search of Self' is a compelling and readable account of play therapy in action from the founder of the approach.
I work with children of all ages. I have worked with primary schools and with children's centres both as a counsellor and in other roles for the local authority, I have a enhanced DBS check available on request. I have experience working with children in all stages of the care system.
Training, qualifications & experience
2011 - Diploma in Counselling - University of Kent
2012 - Psychotherapy Studies Master of Science (MSc) - University of Kent
I am trained to Masters level in counselling and psychotherapy, and I combine this with 20 years working within the voluntary and public sectors with a wide range of different people. This includes working to help settle and integrate refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, and working to support vulnerable children and families with schools and Surestart Children's Centres. I worked for many years as an NHS IAPT counsellor, mainly with patients referred from GPs in Dover and Thanet suffering from anxiety and depression. In primary schools in Kent, I set up a project using counselling students and volunteers to deliver counselling sessions to parents and carers of pupils, as well as providing counselling and non-directive play therapy for pupils themselves.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings via Zoom only due to COVID-19.