I am an integrative therapeutic counsellor and a member of the BACP. I believe counselling is an open, curious, fluid exploration of our inner world and the largest part of what makes therapy successful is the relationship. I believe in cultivating a compassionate, creative, empathetic space filled with depth and connection. As Stephen Porges says ‘Safety isn’t the absence of threat but the presence of connection’. That connection is key to me in the therapeutic relationship and my aim is to hold people in the uncertainty and vulnerability of their emotions as we collaboratively work towards healing and wholeness.
I like to think of the therapeutic process as an archaeological excavation back to the true meaning of ourselves. We have literally and figuratively been buried by layer upon layer of the past (both our own and other peoples). Sometimes we need a giant axe or shovel to dig through the defences and self destructive patterns and other times a small feather light brush to dust off the past decay that has built up on parts of us that are so fragile we didn’t even know they were there. As we piece things back together we work towards healing, creating space in our lives to live to our potential.
I provide both regular open-ended therapy, as well as short-term options. As an integrative therapist I work with a range of modalities that support the individual including psychodynamic, person- centred, attachment, transpersonal, Jungian, reparative and existential. I believe strongly in creating a safe, collaborative, creative space to explore underlying issues from both the past and present. Visualisation techniques, meditation and mindfulness are also integral parts of my practice. I love to work with creative techniques, as well as more traditional approaches.
The path we chose to take back to ourselves will differ along the way, if this doesn’t feel right for you I urge you not to give up, there are many types of mental health help available both traditional and holistic and whatever one you choose is a step in a direction towards healing, there is no right or wrong and sometimes it is about putting one foot in front of the other until the direction becomes clearer.
I specialise in working with depression, loneliness, suicidal ideation, feeling lost and disconnected to life. I also work with anxiety and stress, as well as addiction, addictive behaviour patterns and toxic cycles. Building self-esteem and self worth is also key to my way of working, as well as body issues, societal pressures, feeling frightened and scared for the future and finding your place in the world. I believe fully in the whole spectrum of human emotions and I work passionately to hold space for experiencing them all in a safe, non judgmental, confidential space.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed my diploma in integrative therapeutic counselling, I have worked with both young people and adults and I am committed therapy as an exploration back to self.
In addition to my therapeutic training I have also completed a foundation course at Oxford School of Mindfulness. I also have a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, which I use to work with archetypes, myth, story-telling, poetry and creative writing in my therapeutic work if desired.
I am committed to my on-going professional development. I offer the best quality therapy I can, tailored to your specific needs. I am a member of the BACP and follow their strict ethical code, and professional standards of confidentiality and practice.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I operate a sliding scale of fees dependent on income, circumstances and the time of day you are able to attend. Please feel free to contact me via phone or email for an initial 15 minute chat about how we could work together.
What happens next:
- Initial assessment - this is our first session together where we meet to discuss presenting issues, how the sessions will work, background, expectations and therapeutic contract.
- Ongoing or short term therapy sessions range from £50 - £75 based on circumstances discussed above.
I also offer a number of low cost places - if you are a student or on a low income please contact me for further information.