It is likely that everyone will at some point be hit by the storms of life, often when least expecting it. Yet time and time again, I have been privileged to witness, both personally and professionally, how the anchoring counselling relationship can help bring about positive change. I provide a safe space where you will be skilfully listened to and free to be yourself without risk of judgement.
My approach will suit those who are open to exploring and making sense of situations or unconscious behaviour patterns. Patterns that have often taken root since early childhood yet continue to affect one’s present.
The self-awareness that this process encourages, can lead to significant internal shifts in one’s choices, behaviour and relationships resulting in a greater sense of wellbeing.
Though originally trained as a psychodynamic counsellor, having had further training (see below) I work in an intuitive, responsive way rather than adopting a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Working with couples
It might be that the challenges and busyness of life has taken its toll on your relationship and you realise you've drifted apart, communication has broken down and you're no longer working as a team. It may be that your relationship is under threat due to physical or mental ill-health, redundancy, differing ideas about parenting and/or becoming a 'blended' family.
There are so many reasons why a couple come for counselling. You may be coming knowing from the outset that you will separate, but need support in making the break happen as easily as is possible.
For others, as long as you are both fully committed to the process and open to working with a therapist who is skilfully trained in being able to quickly ascertain what is going on and make interventions, there is the possibility for positive change that can help you both experience a more fulfilled relationship.
Working with adults
Many (though not all) of the areas I’ve worked with have featured loss and change, including; relationship difficulties/breakdown, living with illness or supporting another with physical and/or mental health issues, redundancy/unemployment and work related stress, bereavement (including from suicide) , loss of purpose, identity and direction, low self-esteem, social anxiety, depression, abuse and trauma.
If you think that the way I work as outlined above could be helpful to you then please do get in touch – see below for details
Working with adolescents
The adolescent years are challenging for all young people, yet some find them harder to navigate than others. I offer a safe space to all of secondary school age and above to explore difficult situations, emotions, thought patterns and behaviours.
Just some of the issues I have worked with are; relationship difficulties, adjusting to change and loss, confusion over identity, withdrawal due to social anxiety and/or depression, suicidal ideation, stress due to studies and using alcohol, drugs, self-harm, excessive exercising or dieting as a way to cope.
In addition to my private practice, I have spent several years counselling in many educational settings and a GP practice, supporting young people to get in touch with their feelings, make sense of their situation and find positive new ways to build resilience and a greater sense of wellbeing. I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Young People and an enhanced DBS certificate.
Working with parents/families
Parenting can be both rewarding and challenging. Nothing can really prepare one for the rollercoaster ride that it is and there is no instruction manual. Just as one gets used to a stage in their child’s development, they change, presenting their parent(s) with more issues to manage.
Sometimes family situations and dynamics can create challenging behaviour and confusion among its members leaving parent(s) worried sick or completely floored. It can create strong reactions leaving all parties ashamed and/or doubly confused.
I offer a safe space to explore what could be going on underneath both the young person's and the parent’s behaviour. It can lead to developing new ways to be with each other, allowing relationships to repair and move forwards.
I have supported parents in their tough role of parenting for a number of years, both as a Parent Support Coordinator working for the country’s leading parenting support charity and as a counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold both a Diploma and Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Practice (2012) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Young People in Education (2016).
I have also gained prior and post qualifying training in:
- Brief Solution Focused Therapy (2006)
- Brief Dynamic Therapy (2013)
- Mindfulness (MBSR/MBCT) (2013)
- Couples/Relationship Counselling (2014)
- Introduction to CBT (2014)
- Compassion Focussed Therapy (2017)
I have been privileged to counsel a rich diversity of people in numerous settings for the past 10 years. These include; counselling agencies, a GP practice, a Child and Family Service, a secondary school, a college of FE, universities and in private practice.
In addition to my private practice I currently work in a university as a Specialist Mentor supporting students with mental health and/or autism spectrum conditions and am soon to join the Royal College of Nursing as an Associate Counsellor.
Prior to and since my counselling training I have spent 28+ years supporting adults and young people emotionally, practically and therapeutically both in the mental health field and for a parenting support charity as mentioned above.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
£50 for individuals - adults and young people
Sessions are 50 minutes
£65 for couples/parents
Sessions are up to 75 minutes.
Although working longer term tends to allows for deeper growth, healing and development, I appreciate that one’s circumstances does not always make this possible.
My professional experience has shown that short term work can also make way for significant positive outcomes. We can discuss your needs during the initial session and these will be reviewed regularly.
Some day time and evening sessions currently available
I work from a comfortable and quiet consulting room near the centre of Stroud.
It is in close walking distance from the town centre and there is off road parking – during busy times, it is possible to park near the nearby hospital.
Being an accredited registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists indicates that a high standard of professional practice has been acquired and is upheld through:
- Adhering to the BACP’s Ethical Framework and Code of Good Practice,
- Being committed to continuous professional development,
- Holding both public liability and professional indemnity insurance
- Attending regular clinical supervision
If you would like to get in touch to find out more or/and to arrange an initial meeting then please either phone or text 07962 182455 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org