I am a fully qualified Person Centred Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and have over 10 years of experience of working with clients in various settings.
I offer counselling for a wide range of issues and specialise in bereavement, loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, abuse and relationship difficulties.
I offer supervision to Person Centred Counsellors and Psychotherapists as well as Counsellors and Psychotherapists from other modalities. I also offer supervision to other practitioners in the helping profession such as coaches, health professionals, teachers and providers of alternative therapies.
As well as counselling and psychotherapy I am also a qualified Coach. I offer coaching for a wide range of issues and specialise in the workplace, management, executive and life coaching.
My Approach To Counselling & Psychotherapy
I believe that it’s the relationship between the counsellor and client that is therapeutic and the means by which clients can heal and are empowered to change. By being empathic, non-judgemental and genuine I help build the therapeutic relationship. This creates trust and a safe space where the client is free to talk at their own pace and explore their difficulties including any underlying and unresolved feelings.
Why Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy
At different times in our lives, we all have bad experiences that can be painful and traumatic. At these times we can experience lots of unpleasant feelings that we understandably want to avoid. People avoid these feelings by denying them, burying them or as some people say “put them in a box”. These are all defence mechanisms and are not helpful as the feelings remain unresolved and are stored in our body. These feelings will keep coming back in one form or another, sometimes in ways that we are not aware of or that don’t seem to connect with the original event. It may even be an event that happened in our early childhood that is totally out of our awareness but the effect on us is still there.
I often give the example of someone having a major loss in their life. With loss comes pain and grieving and with grieving there is often feelings of sadness, anger and guilt. The intensity of these feelings are different for each situation and person involved. However, having these feelings is a normal part of the grieving process and they need to be experienced and expressed to heal and recover. If we don’t we can get stuck and sometimes the unresolved feelings get redirected elsewhere. For example anger might get directed at the wrong person or at the world or it might even get directed inward along with the guilt and sadness that we feel.
Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, through the therapeutic relationship allows the client to experience, express and release their underlying, unresolved and denied feelings. This is done at the client’s own pace and is often accompanied by new insights, awareness and meaning. Sometimes the release can be in the form of a bodily felt shift or experience. For me what’s really important is that the changes that come about are permanent and this is why I believe the Person Centred approach is so effective.
Why Choose Me
For me, the Person Centred approach and the work that I do is not just a job, it’s my passion and a way of being that gives me purpose and meaning in life.
I describe myself as being a very sensitive and intuitive person and I believe these qualities are two of my greatest strengths as a practitioner. When I am with clients it’s my sensitivity and intuition that allows me to connect with their pain and suffering at a much deeper level and this is what allows healing to take place.
Its also my sensitivity and intuition that I might express as a genuine empathic response to clients. Whether that might be through expressing my thoughts, feelings, images, sensing or bodily felt feelings and experiences. This is what Counsellors refer to as ‘the use of self’. Its part of the process that helps clients find new insights, awareness and meaning as well as experiencing any underlying, unresolved and denied feelings.
Solution Focused Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy is more of a practical problem solving therapy and I can work in this way if the client prefers. Some difficulties and problems are very suited to this way of working.
Existential issues can plague us all at different times in our life and a focus on these can sometimes be useful. For example fear of death and struggling with finding meaning in life. This can be especially so at times of bereavement and loss when our whole foundation can be undermined and all meaning in life can be lost.
Specialist Areas of Work
I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy for a wide range of issues and specialise in the following areas:
- Bereavement, loss and trauma
- Depression and anxiety
- Abuse and trauma
- Relationship difficulties
Counselling & Psychotherapy Sessions
I offer both short term focused work and long-term open-ended work. Short term focused work is normally 4 to 8 sessions. I usually suggest 4 sessions and then we can review our work together and whether it would be helpful to continue for more sessions.
I am a qualified Coach. I offer coaching for a wide range of issues and specialise in workplace, management, executive and life coaching.
As a Coach my way of working is Person Centred. The Person Centred approach is ultimately about empowering clients towards their full potential, which fits well with coaching. Clients who come to coaching may already be happy and successful in their life but want to enhance it even further towards fulfilling their potential.
Integrating Coaching, Counselling & Psychotherapy
Because I work as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Coach then its possible for a client to move from one to the other should they wish to. For example a counselling client might feel less depressed and anxious and decide they want to move into Coaching to explore what they can do with their new found energy. It can also work the other way around where for example a coaching client might uncover a psychological issue or a stressful life event happens and they would benefit from counselling or psychotherapy.
I am a qualified mentor and I offer this to counsellors and coaches who are in training. I also offer it to anyone who is interested in learning counselling or coaching skills as these can be useful in many areas of life.
I have trained as a group facilitator and I am experienced in running groups. With groups I work as a Person Centred facilitator in a similar way as I do with individuals. It’s about creating a safe and trusting environment for the group members by being empathic, non judgemental and genuine.
The type of group work I offer includes Personal development and Bereavement groups.
I also offer Group Coaching to organisations in the form of ‘Action Learning Sets’. These are essentially to help with problem solving in the work place but also improve working relationships and teaches counselling and coaching skills.
I am a qualified Person Centred Supervisor at both certificate and diploma level. I have also trained in Hawkins and Shohets ‘Seven Eyed Model’ of Supervision. I offer supervision to Person Centred Counsellors and Psychotherapists as well as Counsellors and Psychotherapists from other modalities. I also offer supervision to other practitioners in the helping profession such as coaches, health professionals, teachers and providers of alternative therapies.
Supervision is also offered to small groups of Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Coaches. This can work well for people that are in training.
I attend consultative supervision for my work as a supervisor.
Please see my Supervisor profile for more information.
BACP Ethical Framework
As a member of the BACP I work within their Ethical Framework and have regular supervision..
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Member of BACP Coaching Division.
Qualifications & Training
- Diploma & Certificate in Person Centred Supervision.
- Compassion Focused Therapy training
- Certificate in Focusing skills
- ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring in Management.
- Cruse Supervisor training including the ‘Seven Eyed Model’
- PTLLS Teacher Training
- Counselling Children and Adolescents training
- ILM Level 3 Certificate in Workplace Coaching
- ILM Action learning facilitator training and accreditation.
- Group work training
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling & Therapy. BACP Accredited
- Cruse Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care.
- Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies
Bereavement, Loss & Grief
I currently work with a bereavement charity and have been with them for over 10 years. In that time I have gained extensive knowledge skills and experience of working with bereavement, loss, complex and traumatic grief including bereavement by suicide.
I am a facilitator of a peer support group for people bereaved by suicide. I am a supervisor of bereavement volunteers and supervise them individually and in groups. I am also a trainer and facilitator for the in house training program.
I also work as a supervisor with another charity, a bereavement counselling service that specialises in complex and traumatic grief.
I have had my own personal experiences of bereavement and loss and I draw on these experiences and knowledge in the work that I do.
NHS IAPT Service for Depression & Anxiety
I worked in this service for 3 years as a full time counsellor. I assessed and treated client’s aged16 to 90 with mild to severe depression and anxiety. I worked for 6 to 12 sessions within the Counselling for Depression (CFD) evidence-based model.
In this time I gained extensive knowledge, skills and experience of working with depression and anxiety. This also Included working with all the various underlying issues that often cause depression and anxiety.
Young Adults in University & College Settings
I have worked as a Counsellor with young adults aged 16 to 25 in College and University settings. The counselling was short-term focused work for up to 6 sessions. This included working with a wide range of presenting issues.
Humanistic & Holistic Mental Health Service
I worked in this service as a Trainee Counsellor. Clients had moderate to severe mental health issues. I worked both short term focused work and long term.
Workplace & Management Coaching
I have provided individual workplace and management coaching within a Local Authority setting. I have also facilitated group coaching in the form of ‘Action Learning Sets’ which is problem solving in the work place. This also involves teaching the group members coaching/counselling skills.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Life coaching
- Workplace coaching
- Management coaching
- Executive coaching
- Supervision for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches and other health professionals
Counselling and Psychotherapy - £45 for 50 mins
Couples Counselling - £55 for 50 mins
Life Coaching - £45 for 50 mins
Workplace, Management and Executive coaching - please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Mentoring - £45 for 50 mins
Supervision - £45 for 60 mins. £67.50 for 90 mins
Supervision group - please contact me to discuss your requirements
Group facilitation - please contact me to discuss your requirements
Fees are payable on the day by cash, cheque or transfer.
Non attendance or cancellation of less than 24 hours will be charged at half the fee rate
9.00 am to 9.00 pm Mon to Fri. 9.00 am to 1.00 pm Sat
Where I Work
- I work from premises in Truro and St Austell.
- I offer video counselling via the Zoom platform.
- I offer telephone appointments.
- I offer home visits depending on the area and these may incur additional fees. Please contact me to discuss.
When I Work
- I offer day time appointments at Truro and St Austell.
- I offer some evening appointments in Truro and St Austell and Saturday mornings in St Austell.
- I offer zoom and telephone appointments daytime, evenings and Saturday mornings.