“Finding yourself” is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. “Finding yourself” is actually returning to yourself, an unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you. - Emily McDowell
Coming to counselling can be huge step. Talking about your feelings might be difficult at first and counselling can be challenging. One thing coming to counselling isn’t is a sign of weakness. As a counsellor, I work face-to-face, online. over the phone and have trained to deliver Walking Therapy.
We can spend much of our time talking and hearing but are we ever able to talk openly and do people really listen? With dozens of thoughts whirling around in your head and no outlet for them, it is easy to become overwhelmed, anxious or low. Ignoring them might mean they go away for a while but eventually this can lead to unhelpful thought patterns and behaviour.
My counselling practice is Humanistic Integrative. I believe that we are all unique and that the ability to grow and change is inside us all. Often life events, other peoples’ opinions or expectations mean that we lose sight of our real selves, our values and desires. I will draw on a range of therapies to meet your individual needs. This might include working creatively with simple art activities or everyday objects that can be used to express difficult thoughts and feelings. Nature and the outdoors are important to my practice and I offer Walking Therapy in Bridlington and Filey, alongside online and telephone appointments. I will be returning to face-to-face work from the end of September in Bridlington.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and BACP registered Humanistic Integrative therapist.
Enabling you to be and feel yourself lies at the heart of my counselling practice. In this sense I see counselling as a restorative and empowering process.
As a counsellor, my focus is on you and your individual needs and concerns. First and foremost I seek to build a warm, trusting and respectful relationship. I understand how important it is to feel safe and to be able to talk openly and confidentially without fear of judgement.
You will be able to talk about difficult issues or situations or areas in your life that are causing you distress. You will be able to express your thoughts and feelings about them. Sometimes just saying things out loud will give you a chance to see them in a new light. It maybe that you want to develop a different approach to life and those around you.
I work collaboratively with clients. As a counsellor I will support you to explore whatever issues you need to and encourage you to express yourself openly. We will work together at your own pace and depth and you will be heard. Through working with difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences, you will gain a clearer understanding or yourself, your relationships with others, or the troubles you are experiencing. We will be able to explore together the choices that you have and the positive changes you can make in your life to move forward.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
My fees are £45 for face-to-face, online and walking therapy.
My counselling practice is Humanistic Integrative. I believe that we are all unique and that the ability to grow and change is inside us all. Often life events, other peoples’ opinions or expectations mean that we lose sight of our real selves, our values and desires. I will draw on a range of therapies to meet your individual needs. This might include working creatively with simple art activities or everyday objects that can be used to express difficult thoughts and feelings. Nature and the outdoors are important to my practice and I offer Walking Therapy alongside face to face, online and telephone appointments.
I am happy to work with whatever is causing you concern. This could be, but is not limited to:
- Bereavement and loss
- Disability and chronic illness
- Significant life changes
- Work related stress
I have lived experience of childhood bereavement, post natal depression and issues around diagnosis with a long term health condition.