*I continue to provide therapy during these very difficult times via on-line services (Skype, FaceTime, Zoom etc)*
We all struggle at times in our lives and there is no shame in reaching out for help. It can be an extremely hard step to take and also a truly wonderful one.
People come to therapy for a range of reasons; you may be struggling with a lack of meaning in your life causing feelings of negativity, a traumatic loss like bereavement or relationship break up. Perhaps you are experiencing anxiety, depression or difficulty in letting go of painful childhood memories. Whatever the reason I aspire to treat everyone as an individual and their experiences as unique.
How I Work
Fundamental to my approach as a therapist is to offer a relationship of equality. Instead of advising you or telling you what to do I create a non-judgmental and trustworthy space to help you explore difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I place emphasis on building a therapeutic relationship, believing it facilitates change to occur and offering myself as a companion accompanying you on your journey, at your own pace, to help you gain clarity and perspective.
As a warm-hearted, grounded person I bring authenticity to all my therapeutic work. I work as an Integrative Therapist, expanding my experience and training after my original degree. I use several modalities and each session is tailored to my clients' needs. As well as Person Centred I also draw on such things as Transactional Analysis and Mindfulness.
I work with adults and young people, offering individual sessions on an open-ended basis, short or long term. There is an initial meeting were we get to know each other, discuss what has bought you to therapy and what you are looking to gain from it. This is also a chance for you to ask any further questions.
I have a special interest in offering help and understanding to trauma and childhood adversity. I seek to help people gain clarity and understanding to this all too often misunderstood struggle, so you are not just surviving through life but living it fully.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a degree in Person Centred Therapy gained at Metanoia Institute and am a member of the BACP and therefore abide by their code of ethics.
I have been a qualified therapist for 7 years and in that time I have encountered clients with differing problems from PTSD, anger issues, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, childhood trauma, chronic illness, sexual abuse, low self esteem, self harm, relationship break ups, cultural struggles and questions of sexuality and religion.
I am experienced in working with people from a range of backgrounds with an awareness of race, gender, sexuality and cultural differences.
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
Please do not hesitate to make contact for an informal chat to see if you would like to work with me.