I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and currently see clients at my home in Bridport. I can also offer telephone or on-line counselling during the current Coronavirus pandemic to anyone who is self-isolating.
I offer a free half-hour initial consultation so that you can find out more about whether I am going to be the right counsellor to help you at this time.
Being an integrative counsellor means that I work with more than one theoretical model and I can be flexible, drawing on the ideas and techniques that will be most helpful for each individual. For instance, I may ask you to draw or write something if it seems appropriate to, as I believe creativity can give us new ways in to seeing things.
I listen carefully to my clients, and will respond to whatever you tell me in a non-judgmental way, with warmth and empathy. Through a process of reflection and enquiry we will work together to develop insight and understanding, based on trust, honesty and acceptance.
This could help you to work through difficult feelings, make major decisions or life choices, or lead a greater sense of personal ease and empowerment.
As well as working privately, I am a volunteer counsellor for Counselling for Carers, which is a part of the charity Action East Devon.
In the past I trained with the Samaritans and worked for them as a volunteer.
I have worked in therapeutic communities and have trained in mental health, group work and art therapy. I have a particular interest in sexual and emotional abuse, domestic violence and coercive control; also in issues affecting adopted or fostered children, and their families.
I have a humanistic perspective which is rooted in my core personal and spiritual beliefs, and I have a deep concern for the well-being of each of us as human beings.
Counselling takes place in a safe, private space and always in accordance with the guidance on good practice as laid out in the BACP Ethical Framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, BACP accredited, The Iron Mill College.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, Central School for Counselling and Therapy.
- Certificate in Counselling Theory, Central School for Counselling and Therapy.
- Volunteer Counsellor with Counselling for Carers, Action East Devon.
- Trained and worked as a volunteer with the Samaritans.
- Experience of working with mental health issues, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, in therapeutic communities - many short training courses relating to this work.
- Short training with Relate in couples counselling.
- Experience of issues affecting adopted people and adoptive parents.
- Certificate in Mediation Skills.
- Art Therapy Foundation Course, Goldsmiths College, London.
- Counselling with Risk of Suicide training 2017
- Domestic Violence training 2017
- Training courses in Trauma and Attachment Theory 2018/2019
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£35 for a fifty minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesday - Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-6pm
Types of client