I am a highly qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, accredited with both the National Counselling Society and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. I prioritise the unique working relationship with each client.
I approach our relationship with empathy, curiosity, patience and goodwill, and have enjoyed the experience of working with clients on a wide range of issues. Ethics are at the heart of my practice, and I offer a safe, principled and confidential experience.
Why some people come to therapy.
The holiday season can be a difficult time. You may find it puts a great deal of strain on relationships. You may notice tensions and loses more acutely. You may long to make changes in the coming year.
You may want to talk through difficult issues in your relationships, or explore things that happened in your childhood.
You may be looking for ways of understanding and managing depression or to find new and more supportive ways of dealing with anxiety or panic attacks.
You may want a safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings about your sexuality, or gender.
You may be need someone outside your close circle to talk through a relationship crisis, an affair, or betrayal.
You may be struggling to come to terms with loss or bereavement, or dealing with other less easy losses to explain, as you support a family member in ill health.
You may feel alone, scared, angry or lost.
I help create a relationship in which people feel supported. This makes it possible for my clients to explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that feels safe.
My training is as an Integrative therapist. This means I draw on a number of models. My emphasis is on those that highlight the importance of relationship in our early development, in our daily experience, and in therapy.
Who do I work with
I work with adults of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds.
What to expect
After our initial assessment session, I usually suggest that we meet for 6 - 10 sessions, at the same time each week. Many clients find this brief, focused work extremely helpful.
For some clients, this initial work lays the ground for longer term therapy, looking in more depth, at complex or deeply rooted issues.
I am happy to work with clients on both short and long-term work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychotherapist working in central Cardiff.
I began my training as a psychotherapist at Spectrum, a centre for personal and professional development, before going on to complete my training with the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership. I am a member of the National Counselling Society and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and on the professional register of both bodies. As a member of the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership, I use their ethical guidelines, and those of the UKCP to inform my practice.
As part of my training, I worked for two years as part of an NHS Secondary Care, mental health team. In this context, I gained valuable experience of working with complex issues including PTSD and developmental trauma. As a volunteer, I worked for two years with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
I have undertaken specialist gender and sexual diversity training and am on the South Wales LGBT Directory. I am interested in issues of diversity in my work and in society.
My life experiences also inform my work. I have worked in the UK and abroad, as a teacher, trainer and a television documentary maker. I have an MA in English Language and Literature and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am particularly interested in working with trauma; single incident trauma, multiple incident trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and developmental trauma.
I charge £50.00 per 50 minute session. I offer a 10% discount for students in full time education. I keep a few sessions at reduced rates for clients who would not otherwise be able to access psychotherapy.
Some clients come to therapy for reasons they find hard to put into words. They say:
"I feel sad, but there's no reason to be sad."
"I'm scared that life is passing me by."
"Nothing seems to fill the gap, nothing really satisfies."
"I feel overwhelmed."
"I'm so angry."
"I feel scared."
Therapy can be a safe way to explore issues that are hard to pin down, or that feel too embarrassing to bring up with a friend or your GP.
Often the opportunity to talk in a safe and confidential space can lead to a deeper and helpful understanding of what's going on beneath the surface.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have an early evening session available at the moment.
Types of client