At some time in our lives we all encounter problems or situations that are difficult to face on our own. We need someone to talk to; someone outside of our usual circle of friends and family; someone who will listen without judgement, seek to understand and help us to see a way forward.
COUNSELLING: Following 20 years of working in the NHS as a Nurse and then a Midwife I trained as a Counsellor and now have 16 years+ experience working with a variety of issues and situations. I work in an integrative way which means I draw on different models of counselling and use creative methods where these may seem helpful, in order to help you talk about and begin to sort through and process your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Counselling is often challenging and unsettling but can also be a time of real personal growth and development. It may enable you to move forward in your life where you may have been stuck before. An honest midwife will tell a woman that labour is hard work and can be tough, but with understanding, support and encouragement she will get through it. It’s the same with counselling. It is not necessarily easy, but it is always well worth the work.
I see clients one to one for both short and long term work and have an emphasis on working within the relationship developing trust and growing in honest and real communication. This increases their ability to deal with relationships and situations in all the different areas of their lives.
SUPERVISION: Since 2013 I have also been working as a Counselling Supervisor. I offer 90 minute, monthly supervision sessions primarily to counsellors but also to those in other walks of life (such as Church Leaders, Osteopaths, Medical Staff, other Management positions etc.), any who feel that they would benefit from some supervisory input whilst not literally needing personal therapy. If you are interested in this kind of help or support please feel free to contact me for further details.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Experience
Qualified as a Nurse 1983 and as a Midwife 1986
Certificate in Counselling Skills 1998
Advanced Certificate in Counselling 2003
Advanced Diploma in Counselling 2006
Accredited Counsellor 2010
Diploma in Counselling Supervision 2013
I am accredited with the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) and am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I am bound by both of their codes of ethics and personal practice.
I have additional training as a Deep Release Counsellor where there is an emphasis on the use of creative tools and other such resources. I receive monthly supervision from two supervisors and I regularly attend professional development days and conferences as well as undertaking some ongoing webinar training online.
I have trained in a Christian-based integrative model which draws from many of the counselling models such as cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, transactional analysis, and gestalt. These enable me to work with clients whilst also respecting a variety of faith backgrounds. I use a person centered approach, treating every client as a unique individual and tailoring my work style to their specific needs and preferences.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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My sessions are one hour duration and cost £45. In some instances I will offer longer sessions when doing deeper work or if this is appropriate or helpful to the client. Fees will be negotiated.
Some years ago now I was given an amazing gift of a cabin which was my original work space at my previous home and led to the name Cabin Counselling. I since moved to a new home and though unable to take the cabin with me I have recreated a new, dedicated counselling space which has very much captured the feel and atmosphere of the original cabin. I continue to offer a warm and peaceful environment in which to come and feel safe to relax and share your problems and issues. Get in touch and you can come and see for yourself.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work in an upstairs area and so I do apologise to all those that I can no longer accommodate.
I work Monday to Thursday daytime, and the occasional evening only as required.
Types of client