I’m a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with an MSc, and a broad range of experience including working with a wide range of mental health issues, from mild anxiety (everyday life issues) to severe anxiety and depression, addictions and OCD.
Life can be tough at times, can't it? We all need someone to talk to. Friends may get fed up of listening to us, they may have their own problems, or they may offer their unwanted advice, albeit with good intention.
As a Psychotherapist, I can offer you a safe place to talk, without judgment, in which to explore your difficulties, whatever they may be. I don’t offer advice but I can help you to find your own insights and understanding of your problems, and together we can find solutions. I can encourage you to talk about difficult or painful feelings and emotions. It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and helps you reach a positive solution.
I can help you to explore underlying issues such as low self-esteem and lack of confidence that may have caused you to feel low and worthless, or may have resulted in you developing unhelpful behaviours.
I can also help you to
Cope with a bereavement or relationship breakdown
Cope with redundancy or work relation stress
Deal with relationship issues
Deal with feelings of depression or sadness and have a more positive outlook on life
Deal with feelings of anxiety, helping you to worry less about things
Understand yourself and your problems better
Feel more confident
Deal with addictions, such as alcohol dependency, shopping addiction
Explore sexual identity
Understand other people’s point of view better
Achieve your potential
As an integrative therapist, I incorporate different techniques to suit your needs. I am fully qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy and Mindfulness. It may be that you want CBT to focus on the present and develop some coping strategies for the here and now.
It can sometimes be beneficial to look at issues from your past alongside in addition to CBT, It may help to understand the root causes of your difficulties, or to explore your early relationships with parents or care givers to give you an insight into how you learned to deal with difficult emotions. It may be that you have experienced a trauma which has affected your outlook on life and your emotional wellbeing. I will be guided by your needs and the pace you want to set and incorporate different techniques to suit your needs.
CBT is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It has been shown to be effective in treating a number of different mental health conditions. In addition to depression or anxiety disorders, it can also help you with:
sleep problems, such as insomnia
problems related to alcohol misuse
CBT can help you deal with your problems in a more positive way. It’s based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. I can help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. We can look at practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
Compassion and mindfulness
Do you give yourself a hard time? Is your mind full of anxious chatter and self-doubt? Some people find that Mindfulness techniques can really help them to feel calmer and more relaxed. It is a way of paying attention to your thoughts with the idea that one negative thought can lead to a chain reaction of negative thoughts. I can help you to understand that thoughts are not facts and they may come and go. I can help you to develop techniques for choosing whether or not to act on your thoughts and in doing so become calmer and more compassionate towards yourself.
Therapy can be just a few sessions and sometimes even one session may be enough. It may continue over several weeks or months, depending on your individual situation. We can discuss this before and during your course of therapy.
How many sessions?
Sessions last for an hour, and are usually once a week. The frequency can vary according to your needs. In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before counselling really starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy. I recognise that it is vital to have a trusting relationship with your counsellor and you can use the first session to decide if I am the right person for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Derby University 2014
I have many years experience of counselling clients with a wide range of mental health issues. The most common reasons that people come to see are to do with Anxiety and Depression. I also see people who are suffering with grief, relationship breakdowns, OCD, Trauma often relating to child abuse, relationship difficulties and addictions.
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.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Anytime, day or evening