Experienced person centred therapist specialising in relationships. The relationship we have with ourselves - what hurts us, what helps us, and the choices we make - and our relationship with other people.
Person centred therapy is really the art of relationship - alongside carefully holding what troubles you, we will attend to what goes on between us too. The relationship itself is the tool we will use. Exploring how we are relating to one another here and now often clarifies how you are relating to yourself, what troubles you, and to the people or contexts in your life. Some things we cannot change, though we can change how we relate to them.
It may be how you relate to your anxiety, depression, anger, shame or troubling thoughts you want to work with. As much as reducing their impact on your life, we will work with what drives them. Coming in to contact with what lies beneath your difficult feelings or thoughts begins the process of letting them go. It is absolutely possible to live differently with even very deeply held pain.
You may be coming to explore how you relate with the others in your life - your partner, your children or parents, people still in your life or those in your past. Therapy is a chance to try out different ways of being you with another - maybe more empowered and authentic, less fearful of rejection, more centred in yourself. You might want to bring those qualities in to your other relationships.
Living differently with what troubles you often brings a sense of ease and energy. Rather than sinking your inner resources in to pushing things away, you can free those resources up for you to use. Accepting yourself as you are gives you a surer footing to really change things. Coming home to yourself usually makes your relationships with others richer. Having clear boundaries often brings you closer to others.
At the heart of this work lies a clearly boundaried, compassionate and responsive therapeutic relationship. Welcoming you, wherever you are in your life, encourages you to allow in what really bothers you at your own pace. Although there will be talking and ideas and histories in your therapy with me, it is the attuning to, engaging with and holding things between us that will likely be central in your healing and moving on. Just as our relationships can hurt us, so relationships can heal us.
Alongside a depth training in person centred counselling and psychotherapy, I am a trauma-informed therapist and often bring body-based somatic therapy, attachment theory, creative interventions and mindfulness in to my work with clients if appropriate.
I am further trained in working with children and young people in ways specifically relevant to those ages, as it is a little different. Children and young people often express their distress through their behaviour - something you will likely have noticed. Therapy with young people has a similar flavour. Youth is a time of powerful change which therapy can very usefully harness.
To help you find a therapist you or your child click with I offer a free initial phone call. It will be a chance for you to get a sense of whether you would like to begin working with me and ask any questions you may have. Email me and we can arrange a time to talk more.
Please see Further Information if you would like a fuller picture of what I offer you or younger clients, especially if you are a parent.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.
FdA in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Mondays & Wednesdays in central Bath (no waiting room in Bath).
Tuesdays in Redland / Cotham area of Bristol (waiting room available).
Whether struggling or not, young people are constantly changing and growing - therapy can help your child harness their natural talent for change and growth to heal and move forward.
The young clients I see tend toward a mix of creative and talking therapy. However they shape their sessions, your child and I will create a warm and trusted environment as they move through their process.
I do sometimes suggest that parents and I work together. Sometimes this is all that is needed, supporting you in your important job of parenting your child.
I also know how intensely precious and challenging the responsibility of parenting can be, having my own two children.
I trained for three years in person centred counselling and psychotherapy, going on to train for a further year in working specifically with children and young people.
Alongside my private practice, I work some of the week for a very established charity providing counselling in the heart of Bath. Until recently I worked as a therapist in primary and secondary school settings.
Over the last twenty-something years I have worked in both residential and community settings supporting adults and young people with complex and enduring mental health issues; I went on to work in Early Years and Playwork; I then made professional theatre as an actor, writer, director and facilitator with children, young people and adults. I still occasionally work in educational settings with young people and direct theatre.
I have a meditation practice stretching back to my teens to draw on if appropriate. Though I do not call it mindfulness, many of my clients young and old have found elements of meditation as enormously helpful as I do.
Sessions with me
All sessions last 50 minutes.
The beautiful, light rooms I use in Bristol and Bath are set up for working creatively with children and adolescents as much as with adults.
There is parking close to the room I use in Bristol and a bus stop a very short walk away.
Many Bath clients find parking in the Sainsbury’s supermarket opposite convenient, and there is a bus stop just outside.